Air conditioners stolen from Memphis church

A Memphis church has had to replace two dozen air conditioning units after it's been repeatedly targeted by copper thieves.
A Memphis church has had to replace two dozen air conditioning units after it's been repeatedly targeted by copper thieves.

(WMC-TV) - A Memphis church has had to replace two dozen air conditioning units after it's been repeatedly targeted by copper thieves.

Bloomfield Baptist Church and its Urban Ministries Center, which is located nearby, have had 24 AC units stolen in four years.

"I'm not bitter, I'm better," said Rev. Ralph White.

The church has taken preventive measures to stop the thieves. Both locations have master locks and heavy duty cages in attempt to keep thieves out. Also, a ladder which provided access to the church's roof was taken down to prevent more thefts.

However, none of that kept thieves from gutting five industrial, rooftop units Monday night.

"And I don't think these are just people who have a drug habit. I think this is a ring of individuals who that's their job," said White.

White does, however, want whoever did it to be caught.

He's called other churches hit by copper thieves in hopes of raising reward money.

Memphis police are also on the lookout.

"I just say, 'Well, I've got work to do,'" he said.

White said insurance has helped cover the costs in the past, though he does worry about the church getting dropped by its insurer.

If you can help solve this case, call Crimestoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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