Area church hit by copper thieves for second time in six months

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Posted on December 4, 2013 at 7:07 AM

(KMOV) – Police are searching for a suspect who stole thousands of dollars worth of copper wire from a Jefferson County church on Sunday.

According to police, about 2,000 feet of copper wire was taken from De Soto Christian Church in the 4100 block of Fountain Valley sometime after 10:30 p.m.

Police say the wire ran from a utility pole to a service panel on the side of the church. The thieves also broke out a light and covered a surveillance camera during the incident.

“A person committing this crime would have to know how to work with electricity and have the proper kind of tools because the wire was ‘live’ at the time of the theft,” said De Soto Police Captain Dan Contarini.

This church experienced an almost identical theft on June 3rd of this year. “A person committing this crime would have to know how to work with electricity and have the proper kind of tools because the wire was “live” at the time of the theft,” according to Contarini.

“Just because it’s a church doesn’t mean it’s different from any other place,” said Ron Follmer, Minister of the church. “But they can’t keep this kind of a lifestyle.”

A deacon with the church told News 4 the wire was worth between $4,000 and $5,000. He says thieves took about the same amount of wire from the church on June 3.

According to the church's Facebook page, the damage from Sunday's theft was estimated at around $22,000.

Police say a witness saw an older-model Chevrolet Silverado in the area around the time of the incident.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Det. Rick Draper with the De Soto Police Department at (636)586-8891.

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