EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCOPPER CRIMES
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Churches and Cemetery Hit By Thieves
Reported by: Darrah Wilcox
Web Producer: Darrah Wilcox
Reported: Feb. 2, 2012 5:49 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 3, 2012 10:08 AM EST
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
Stealing from a cemetery in the middle of the night. That's what happened this week to an air conditioning unit at Spring Hill Cemetery in Huntington. Executive Director of the Greater Huntington Parks and Recreation District Kevin Brady says,
"To me it's a disrespectful thing to do. We've dealt with it throughout the park district, and just the thought of someone having the audacity to steal that from a cemetery to me is unbelievable."
Since the cemetery is run by the GHPRD, it's costing taxpayer dollars! "Dollar wise? We're talking about just under $3,000," says Brady.
Police estimate this thief may have cashed in on about 10 bucks. Brady says, "That's pretty brazen of someone to come out and do that, and for no more money than they get, it's a shame."
Homes in the Spring Hill area have also been hit. A woman driving by this house reportedly caught Elijah Crum in the act of trying to strip a window unit. Police arrested him at the Woodmont Road home.
Tenth Avenue Church of God is one of at least four churches in the Huntington area to have air-conditioning equipment stolen in the past two weeks. Lead pastor Darrell Buttram says, "They had to know we had the lock, that we have the cage. They had to examine the lock break in and get what they did. It was obviously something that was well thought out."
He says he doesn't know why people risk their lives to steal the copper, but he wishes they would or could ask for help. He says, "Maybe they have an addiction, they need help, and we'd love to be able to have an opportunity to help them find what they need."
He encourages folks to not only to keep an eye on their property, but also their neighbor's. If you see anything suspicious going on, call police.
If you have any information about the copper crimes in Huntington, call the anonymous Crime Tip Line at 304-696-4444.
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