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Stolen AC units leaves church with no air

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Outside of The Mount Church in north St. Louis (Credit: KMOV) Outside of The Mount Church in north St. Louis (Credit: KMOV)

Last week, The Mount Church in North City, which has a congregation of about 100, was left with no air after thieves took its air conditioning units during the hottest week of the year.

Pastor Edward Morgan said in 2014 they were also a target of air conditioner thieves and they took extra precautions by moving the units higher.

“I don’t feel any ill feelings toward them, it’s not so much of who did it? It’s the question of why,” said Morgan.  “On the hottest week of the year, you would choose to steal from the church. Instead of coming to ask the church for help. That’s what we’re here for – to help.”

Pastor Morgan said it happened between Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon. He said a church trustee was there Tuesday night and things were fine. However, when members showed up for Wednesday bible study, they discovered the crime.

He said the two units were locked in an elevated metal cage. Morgan said the crooks somehow cut through the metal. He noticed a fence was also cut and he believes that’s how the criminals hauled the units away.

Morgan said a sister church let his members worship with them last Sunday.

“Due to the fact that we have older members here, it was just too much for them to come out and deal with the heat on the inside of the sanctuary,” said Morgan.

Events at the church are canceled until two new air conditioning units are reinstalled. Morgan said the installation company is running behind, but he hopes they can have services back in their sanctuary Sunday.

News 4 has covered many thefts like this before in recent years. We’ve uncovered many criminals strip the copper coils from the units to make some cash.

Police said they’re investigating the case. 

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