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Burglarizing A Church For Copper Wire

By: Stanley Jefferson Email
By: Stanley Jefferson Email

Sometime on December 21st, a building usually known as a place of worship became a burglary scene.

Making the shortest day of the year, a whole lot longer for members of Highland Ridge Community Church.

"I think it's a sign of the times we live in somebody can come in and break into a church, they have to have low ethics," says Highland Ridge Pastor, Don Hart.

Finding a way inside the Washington County church, someone stole copper-wiring from the basement.. leaving behind a path of damages totaling thousands of dollars.

"We heard a noise and we figure that someone left the furnace blowing downstairs. Upon further investigation, we found that the water line had been broke or cut, the basement had an inch of water in it, back glass in the back door was broken," added Highland Ridge Community Church Treasurer, Curt Shaw.

Curt Shaw and his wife, Sally, were the first to discover the damages.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation.

"We're doing a neighborhood canvas looking for anybody that may have seen a car or truck or individuals around the church anytime during this period of time and we're also looking for anyone that might have knowledge of someone selling copper," replied Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.

Recovering from the damage left behind, church members have installed a new hot water tank along with plastic tubing.

"We had to contact our insurance company and they advised us to have our cleaning company to come out, they came up kind of clean up the basement good, sprayed the mildew and the fungus side on the floor," Hart said.

And in search of who's responsible, investigators have no leads and church members, no answers.

"They definitely need to come to terms with God and get right because to do something like that highly indicates that they're not right with God and their souls are in jeopardy," says Hart.

Anyone with information about the burglary are asked to contact the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 740-376-7070.


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