4 air conditioner units stolen from Oak Ridge church

Suspect caught on tape stealing 4 air conditioner units from Oak Ridge church

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"It's very discouraging for someone to disregard what we think of as the sacred and holy," said West Village Christian Church Senior Pastor Bruce Martin. "It's very discouraging for someone to disregard what we think of as the sacred and holy," said West Village Christian Church Senior Pastor Bruce Martin.
The suspect was caught on camera, but so far no arrests have been made. The suspect was caught on camera, but so far no arrests have been made.
"There's got to be a better way instead of stealing from churches." said Associate Pastor Mike Puckett. "There's got to be a better way instead of stealing from churches." said Associate Pastor Mike Puckett.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

OAK RIDGE (WATE) - There is no relief from the heat for an Anderson County church members after someone stole their air conditioning units for the second time.

The theft happened at West Village Christian Church on Robertsville Road in Oak Ridge.

The suspect was caught on camera, but so far no arrests have been made.

West Village Christian Church Senior Pastor Bruce Martin says they first noticed on there was a problem with the AC on June 2.

"The AC on the east side of the building was not working, so we checked it out and found the lines had been cut to two of the units right," said Martin.
    
The next day the two AC units were stolen.

Then on June 4 church surveillance cameras caught the suspect stealing two more units from the opposite side of the church.

"I started viewing the security cameras and saw the guy show up and saw him leave after ten," said Associate Pastor Mike Puckett.

"He was very bold," said Martin. "He kept at it until he got what he wanted."

It has cost the church more than $8,000 to replace all four units. They had insurance to help cover the costs.

The church pastors are thinking of different ways to prevent future thefts, One of those includes using church vans to block the back parking lot.

They are also thinking about putting fencing around the units and putting a gate at the entrance of the church.

They say they just do not understand why someone would do this.

"It's very discouraging for someone to disregard what we think of as the sacred and holy," said Martin.

"There's got to be a better way," said Puckett. "There's got to be a better way instead of stealing from churches."

The Oak Ridge Police Department says the case is under investigation.

A suspect is being investigated, but so far no arrests have been made.

If you have any information on this case you are asked to called the Oak Ridge Police Department at (865) 425-3504.
  

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