Church Thieves Caught On Surveillance Video

| October 28, 2009

DEPUTY, Ind. — Police say thieves targeting churches all across southern Indiana have been captured — on camera.

In recent months someone has stolen or damaged tens of thousands of dollars worth of air-conditioning units in churches in Washington, Floyd, Jennings, Scott counties.

The demand for copper and aluminum has driven prices to new highs. Thieves are stooping to new lows to get them, and the Scott County sheriff has recovered images of two of the criminals.

Video was taken from the Alpha Baptist Church in Deputy. The two men couldn't get the $4,000 unit out from underneath a security cage, but they did make off with another expensive unit and some supply lines.

It's the second time in a year the rural church has been hit.

Scott County authorities and Indiana State Police are also looking at thefts at the New Harmony Church. They say a/c units were stolen. The church replaced them — and those were stolen.

The recurring problems have gotten so bad that some churches have installed security cameras and new lighting to keep criminals away from an admittedly easy target.

"I decided, 'That's it. They like to work in the dark, I'm going to make sure they don't have dark to work in,'" said Alpha Baptist Church trustee Tim Cruz. "They're stealing from a church. That's pretty bad, you know. It tells me they've probably not spent enough time in church."

It's unclear if all the cases are related.

Anyone who recognizes the two men in the video is asked to call the Scott County Sheriff's Department.

Anybody with information regarding any of these thefts can contact Indiana State Police.

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