Church members showed up at the First Baptist Church in Campbellton Friday morning to find they had no air conditioning. It wasn't broken...it was stolen.
Thieves gutted two of the church's units Thursday night. Danny Taylor was shocked.
"It used to be churches were left open," he said. "People would come in and worship whenever they want to."
Taylor estimates the damage at several thousand dollars. He believes the thieves were after the parts and the copper wiring.
"It's just an easy way for somebody to make a few dollars instead of having to work for it."
Jackson County sheriff officials are investigating a string of similar crimes at several businesses.
"We see this type of activity occur usually when the price of precious metals goes up," said Sheriff Lou Roberts. "The price of copper is extremely high right now. So people are using this to convert it into cash. They're taking it to the recycler."
Roberts believes this week's crimes are related.
"Oh very likely. I think they're very likely connected. I think there is maybe a group maybe that's working a certain part of the county."
Investigators are collecting evidence from each of the crime scenes hoping it will lead to the people responsible.
If you have any information about these thefts, call the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.
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