|Published:||Jun 04, 2011 12:47 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 03, 2011 10:28 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Broadway Church of God in Lee County had A/C units stolen in March. Just two months later, they have been hit again.
Pastor Chuck Smith says thieves visited them Tuesday night, making off with 3 units from behind their gymnasium.
"We came to our life center for our kids to play in the gym, and they said it's awfully hot in here," Smith says.
And if that wasn't enough, when church members came back Friday morning, they discovered the crooks struck again and made off with the 2 other units there.
"I was really amazed they would come back so quickly," Smith says.
According to Smith, it wasn't the first time the church has faced the heat. In March, 4 were stolen from in front of the sanctuary.
The church wasn't the only place thieves double-dipped.
At the Island Park Place shopping center on South Tamiami Trail air conditioning units were stolen twice in three weeks.
Property manager Kayla Wright says it's racking up their bill.
"I would never think of stealing a dime from someone, so to go back and steal from somebody after you just did it is just like a double whammy," Wright says.
For Pastor Smith, the thefts are just a sign of the economic times, in which case he has one message for the thieves.
"Just come ring the doorbell, and we can help you financially," he says.
Smith says since the thefts happened at their gym, Sunday services will not suffer.
Both the church and the shopping center plan to look at ways to prevent the crimes from happening again.
They have considered buying A/C cages, but say those cost money and don't always work.
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