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Sixth Church Targeted Friday in HVAC Thefts
web posted April 9, 2011
WESTSIDE – Another church has fallen
victim of metal
thefts that have continued across the county recently. Cedar Grove
Baptist Church, which
just finished a three day revival that ended on Thursday night, was the
latest victim. A
church member found the HVAC unit missing Friday afternoon. This make
the sixth church targeted since the last week of January and the
seventh theft with one church targeted twice in addition to the
Merriwether Fire Station earlier this week.
The 4-ton HVAC unit was stolen by being dragged through a chain link
fence enclosure and was dragged a considerable distance from the rural
church before being loaded and taken away from the scene.
The value and the damage caused is estimated at approximately $7,000.
Cedar Creek Church is located on Old Five Notch Road just off Lanham
Road. It is believed that the crime took place between 9:30 pm Thursday
night and 1 pm Friday. The Sheriff's Office got the call of the theft
just after 4 pm Friday. The Crime Scene Investigator was called to
process the scene for evidence.
With Friday's theft, the total loss now has topped $60,000 and is
nearing $70,000 in just over two months.
Edgefield County Sheriff Adell Dobey has stepped up patrol checks of
the dozens of rural churches in the county, but with only three patrol
deputies covering the 507 square mile county per shift they have been
unable to capture the person or persons responsible.
According to information provided at this time, the person or persons
responsible are stealing the HVAC units at all hours of the day and
night, making it more difficult for them to catch those responsible due
to the random nature of the crimes.
Targeted for HVAC Theft
web posted April 4, 2011
Liberty Springs Baptist Victim of Copper
Theft: Second Time in Two Days
web posted March 31, 2011
Fifth Church Targeted in Copper Theft
web posted March 30, 2011
Copper Thefts Continue: Sheriff's Office
web posted March 23, 2011
Another Church Targeted in Copper Theft:
Damages Near $45,000 in Costs
web posted March 22, 2011
Third Rural Church
Targeted for Theft
web posted March 1, 2011
Churches targeted for second day in a row for thefts
web posted January 20, 2011
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