Church left in heat after thieves steal A/C unit twice

Church left in heat after thieves steal A/C unit twice
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Air conditioning units are a hot item for thieves, but it also leaves others in the heat when they're taken. However, now that one church is left looking for ways to stay cool, it wonders if anything is sacred.

Pastor Barbara Thompson's sanctuary has felt like a sauna in recent weeks after thieves took the one thing that could keep it cool.

"Please leave God's house alone," Thompson said.

Since the air conditioning unit that services part of Lake Shores Community Church was stolen, she said it's been rather warm at the church.

"You shouldn't be stealing in the first place, but leave the house of the Lord alone, please," Thompson said.

The crooks cut through a chain link fence to access the newest A/C back in May, and then did it again in June.

"We've had two air conditioners, five ton units, stolen," the pastor said.

Thompson said it is the first trouble the Coro Lake-area church has had since moving into the building 15 years ago, but it is trouble that has left a burden.

"It's been very hard on us," Thompson said.

Surveillance cameras were installed after the first theft and they were rolling during the second.

Memphis police have the only copy of the footage.

The church has also receive a replacement air conditioning unit, but is waiting to install it until a cage arrives that can better protect it. However, there is one remaining concern left for the house of worship.

"We hope our insurance rates don't go up. That's the problem," Thompson said.

She said her small congregation can deal with the heat, and will pray for the men who caused it.

"Because, apparently they need it. They need it," she said.

In cases like this, police often release the surveillance video once they have exhausted all leads.

Call Crime Stoppers if you have any information at 901-528-CASH.

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