Thieves caused $75,0000 worth of reported damage to a Barrow County church last week when they made off with five of the parish's air conditioning units.
Authorities said culprits cut the copper piping in order to take the condenser units from the Gospel Light Baptist Church in Bethlehem, which were valued at $3000 a piece. However, the five units are reportedly outdated and cannot be replaced without swapping the entire AC system. The thieves left behind two commercial-sized units, as well, but a new system would require those be replaced.
The incident is just one report of recent thefts of AC units from area churches.