Published: Aug 16, 2010 10:36 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 16, 2010 7:17 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Thieves strike stealing 6 air conditioning units from Christ Lutheran Church in Cape Coral.

The units were literally ripped from the ground.

"It was shock. Someone would come in and take six units from a church like this," said Jim Redecker, Director of Church Operations of Christ Lutheran Church.

The thief literally ripped the units from the ground.

Twisted metal and other remnants are all that's left.

Church worker Jim Redecker says it happened in the middle of the night.

"It's just a matter of someone coming in and taking advantage of the darkness to get what they could," he said.

The units provide cool air to Hafer Hall, which houses Sunday school classes, choir rehearsal and a quilting class.

"Everyone in there was sweating," Redecker said.

But class went on, fans were brought in to help with the boiling temperature.

The sanctuary was not affected.

The total value of the stolen AC units is nearly $50,000.

Insurance will cover most of it, but the church will have to pick up the remaining balance

A costly expense when the majority of the parishioners are up north.

"It's not going to be easy being summer time and snowbird season," Redecker said.

This isn't the first time someone has stolen AC units from Cape Coral church.

Earlier this year someone stole several ac units from the Messiah Lutheran Church.

Today the air conditioners are locked in a cage.

It's unclear if the thefts are connected.

Christ Lutheran Church hopes to have the new AC units in place within the next couple weeks.