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Thieves snatch away A/C units

If January and July switched temperatures, members at the First Pentecostal Church would more than likely be drenched.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR -- If January and July switched temperatures, members at the First Pentecostal Church would more than likely be drenched.

"They were probably experienced and know what they were doing," said Elder Robert Stewart, church administrator at First Pentecostal Church.

Thieves ripped out six A/C units from the power source!

"All of the damage that was done. It had to keep up a lot of noise. I'm surprised nobody would notice it," said Stewart.

The church just celebrated the grand opening of the renovated fellowship hall and it cost thousands to do that. They'll have to spend more to replace the units. It's estimated to cost between $20,000 and $30,000.

The prize in the units is copper.

In the last session, lawmakers passed a bill requiring scrap dealers get information from the seller. But obviously some dealers don't follow the rules or understand them. Last Friday, Pulaski County deputies raided a scrap yard in North Little Rock.

"Whatever that law was it's not serving the purpose it was passed to serve," said Stewart.

Stewart won't wait around on a stricter law. Leaders will install more barriers, but know it could happen again.

"People have no fear in God anymore. The fear of God or the fear of the church.  There's just no fear in man anymore," said Stewart.

If you have any information on the burglaries, call the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.

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