CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Stealing from the house of God!
Thieves have stolen five air conditioning units from a Cape Coral church.
The damage is estimated to be about $30,000 dollars.
First Assembly West Pastor, Corey Baker says five of the six AC units at the church have been taken.
He believes more than one suspect is involved.
"I know times are tough and people are doing desperate things to get ahead, but I think there are better ways to do it," Pastor Baker said.
He is working with the church's insurance company to replace the units and has a message to the culprits.
"My message would be we forgive you, but your sin has consequences. I hope they get caught so they can't victimize a family business, or a charity," he said.
This month alone in Cape Coral, thieves have already hit several homes, businesses and charities.
Most recently the Kiwanis thrift store had several of their AC units stolen.
The damage to their building was around $10,000 dollars.
"I'm just amazed someone would rip off a charity," Sam Huber, President of Cape Coral Kiwanis told WINK News at the time.
Police say the thieves are on the hunt for the valuable copper inside the units and people need to take precautions.
"It stinks we live in a world where we have to lock your doors, have alarm systems and have cameras," Pastor Baker said.
To tackle AC thefts in Cape Coral, the police department has launched directed patrols.
This is where officers specifically look for AC thefts and suspicious activity in areas where AC thefts are being reported.