Rash Of Air Conditioner Thefts From Parker Co. Churches

PARKER COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – The Parker County Sheriff’s Department says thieves have stolen or damaged air conditioning units at seven different churches in the area, and that’s just in the last three months.

Most recently the Faith Presbyterian Church in Aledo was vandalized when a unit was pulled from the side of the building. The damage will cost the church at least $10,000.

Air conditioner thieves have also hit in Aledo, Azle, Millsap, Springtown and Weatherford.

Police say the a/c units are tempting to crooks because they contain large amounts of copper, which is sold on the scrap market for top dollar.

For many, the crimes seem more deplorable since they’re happening at churches. “[It’s an] an awful crime to desecrate a house of worship or steal from a church,” said Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler.

Sheriff Fowler said some thefts are easy for criminals, because the a/c units are mounted in windows but other thefts required a little more effort. “Some of them have even gone up on the roof with ladders and cut the condition units loose up there and dropped ‘em over the side of the building and hauled ‘em off,” he said.

Anyone with information should contact the Parker County Sheriff’s Department at (817) 594-8845.


One Comment

  1. Michael says:

    The sheriff couldn’t have said it better.

  2. vhirko@gmail.com says:

    A cult? A cult that feeds and provides shelter and clothing to the needy , travels around the world to provide help, tells people to take care of one another, sings positive songs, spews evil like, values, unity, and being good people, helps out elderly and prays for health and people who are at their low…. you are a whack job ..

  3. Mike says:

    They steal from churches because they know that they won’t face any armed resistance…

    1. James says:

      Seriously? That makes no sense. Churches probably contain more CHL carriers than any other establishment in Texas.

      1. Craig says:

        And they stay there 24 7? Come on man, use your thinking cap.

      2. Loki Laufeyson says:

        @ Craig– yes, some of the folks do stay “all night”. Some Catholic churches have Pertetual Adoration, and there’s someone there all the time. This is also true if there’s a Rectory on the premises. If the church has a Rectory, there’s at least one priest living there. Use your head, Craig.

      3. Jim says:

        Loki, while your point is valid, not all churches are Catholic, but more importantly, most churches don’t employ those practices. Not that they shouldn’t’ I’m just sayin’ – no offense.

        If the parking lot is empty, it’s a fair bet that little to no opposition will be met.

        If it was my church, I would invest in some dummy cameras that cost about $10-20 a pop and look very much like the real thing. If the congregation couldn’t afford an alarm system, I would also buy some genuine alarm company stickers off of the black market. (Granted, it’s a gray area morally, but it pays to be street smart)

        In case you’re wondering, our church meets on the third floor of an office building, so it’s somewhat of a non-issue for us.

    2. wallace1303 says:

      That is not a good bet in Texas.

      1. Jim says:

        I’m all about concealed carry rights and believe strongly in them, but does the law in Texas authorize the use of deadly force in response to larceny?

        Maybe it does – I’m just asking.

  4. Sad state of affairs when a/c theft is the quote hottest trend around.
    Sadders state of affairs when churches are the target
    Saddest state of affairs is this is the pinnacle of news reporting


    1. Jim says:

      Sad state of affairs when humanity and fallen nature are quite predictable.
      Sad state of affairs when it’s true that our culture is on a demonstrable, Godless decline.

  5. Tim says:

    They are gonna need those AC’s while their burning in HELLL!!!!!

    1. Jim says:

      Aw, come on, man – like you’re not sinful? Sin is sin.

  6. Melvin E. Swanson SR. says:

    This is only a start to what is going to happen to Churches. I contacted several and ask for a small donation for support in a class action against U.S. Legislatures for constitutional violations and crimes. They knew they all of these people are attorneys (scribes who Jesus spoke against) Also I told them I was a stomemason by trade and cited ST. MATT. 21 verse 42 none responded or donated on dime. Within 10 days after they failed to act, more then 60 Churches were destroyed. 60 or more burned in Nigera and tornadoes destroyed several here in the U.S. I know the works of all Churches

    1. Scott Martin says:

      good luck with all THAT! Can I donate to your medication fund?

    2. J-man says:

      Whatever it is that you are on, I want some.

    3. Scott H. says:

      You do know that Churches cannot be politically active or risk losing their tax exempt status. Don’t take it personally, bud.

      Did you ask those Churches in Nigeria for money? I’ve been getting some emails about a lot of wealthy widowers that really need help placing their money somewhere safe in the US.

      1. John says:

        Scott H u realize that most churches are politically active and don’t lose their tax exempt status because the christian right has taken over. Fear the christian taliban!

    4. Count Yob says:

      Oh, so they burned because they didn’t respond favorably to your deranged mooching? You’re really full of yourself.

  7. rowley says:


  8. patrick says:

    crafty taxpayers taking advantage of tax exempt entities… sounds legit to me

    1. Jim says:

      Ah, so the 401c3 organizations you might support are somehow different?

      Most churches where I live have a hard time paying their mortgage / rent. The clergy live simply. Is it always like that? No, but most of the time that’s what I’m observing. It’s not as if the tax deductible donations are laundered through the church and redistributed to the congregation. There’s not really that much “advantage” from a fiscal point of view… If we don’t tithe the government takes it anyway.

      Most churches aren’t televangelists or mass “miracle” performing scams you’ve seen on TV.

      Come on, bud, don’t be mean.

  9. Lilly says:

    Can we get a description of the perps suspected in this copper theivery so citzens know what to look for? I don’t think they much want to solve these crimes seeing as they are being secretive about the the MO on the perps.

    1. overthair says:

      I suspect they will be found to be Hispanic illegal immigrants. My wife of fifteen years is a legal Hispanic immigrant. Her six brothers and and nine sisters are all illegal immigrants living in Texas. I have been hearing about this type of theft for months.

      1. Guess Who says:

        All brown squat monsters should be deported. We didn’t vote for the Immigration Act of 1965 and we don’t want them here. And you should leave with your brown sugar.

  10. Joe Humanist says:

    Why are churches air conditioned when we have people without homes on our streets?

    1. Douglas Lynn says:

      That’s an easy one. Conservatives build churches and keep their conservative friends off the streets. Liberals expect government to take care of people so non-churched liberals end up on the streets.

      1. Jim says:

        Church congregations with legitimate Christians are not always conservative.

        While I get your point, be careful with stereotypes.

        (P.S. I’m about as conservative as they come.)

    2. Shop Out says:

      Because it’s hot. I like air conditioning, and so do the folks I go to church with. What’s wrong with air conditioned buildings?

    3. LMFAO says:

      Stupid people give lots of money to churches

      1. Shop Out says:

        Just stupid? No compassion anywhere in there?

      2. ByteRider says:

        By and large, CONSERVATIVES give money to the Churches which, by and large, the Churches donate or spend on charity.

        LMFAO, you’re batting a 0 average here pal…

      3. Jim says:

        Your ignorance speaks for itself.

        Fools laugh at the misfortune of others.

      4. LMFAO says:

        >LMFAO, you’re batting a 0 average here pal<
        Be my guest and support any church and religion you wish
        Give away your life savings if you wish
        Dont come to me when your eating dog food to survive!

    4. Rico says:

      Churches are air conditioned so that those who worship there can be more comfortable. And the homeless are more than welcome to come right on in and join with us. Then we can help them find a place to live and work, which we have done so many, many times in the past. THAT’S why churches are air conditioned.

    5. Rico says:

      Those who rip off a church building are the ones at fault here. Why should this turn into a forum for attacking religion? Some people just can’t resist any opportunity to trash people of faith, even after they’ve been ripped off. So childish. Grow up, dudes! Really.

      1. Paula says:

        This is what atheists, Communists, Socialists and their ilk do though. They attack what they do not understand…all the while claiming to be of superior intelligence, tolerance and compassion. Quite amusing, huh?

    6. Jerry M. says:

      Slow Joe-Ever been in a building in Texas during the summer?

    7. Rob says:

      Simple. The homeless feel more comfortable on the streets so they feel no need to acquire a home.

    8. Jim says:

      Because churches are made up of people.

      Joe, by all means, sell your home, (live in a tent) sell your car (ride a bike), and wear one set of clothes, selling the rest. Eat one meal a day. Give all the proceeds to the poor.

      Where is the line drawn, and who decides where it is drawn? We’re all hypocrites. As a Christian I freely admit it and strive to do better – “those who are well have no need of a Physician.”

      P.S. Do you live in Texas? I don’t, but I’m betting that the elderly in churches have a hard time standing and staying conscious in 100°+.

    9. Feste says:

      “Why are churches air conditioned when we have people without homes on our streets?”

      Sounds just like Judas Iscariot’s voice, ” Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?” (see John 12:5).

      So-called “champions of the poor” who feign righteousness by judging how others should employ their own resources have kinship with the most infamous and unforgivable traitor in history.

      Joe Humanist, you would be well-advised to tend to the deficiencies in your own soul instead of seeking to feel better about yourself by finding fault with how others manage their personal affairs. While you might find temporary refuge from your own faults by finding faults with others, that way leads to self-deception and self-destruction (as evidenced by your father, Judas Iscariot).

  11. JC says:

    desperate atheist no doubt …

  12. Ryan Mouk says:

    Stealing from a church? Nothing but cowardice actions from a gang of useless criminals that hold no respect for someones house of worship. What piles of excrement.

  13. neil gall says:

    “[It’s an] an awful crime to desecrate a house of worship or steal from a church,” said Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler.

    How about, it’s a crime to desecrate or steal from ANYONE or ANYWHERE! Maybe they can buy new ones with all the money they DIDN’T have to pay in taxes!

    1. John says:


  14. Jonadab says:

    Under the Ten Commandments of God, theft can be a crime punishable by death.

    1. fred says:

      Good thing its a myth, or we would all be dead

      1. Jim says:

        Prove it’s a myth. (Prove it isn’t.)

    2. Jim says:

      Read your New Testament.

      We all deserve death.

  15. Guest says:

    Wow, you really should read more history. Martin Luther wasn’t about reform for the little guy. The downward spiral of Christanity caused by Martin Luther is what led to millions of people being killed. There are many atheist out there (like myself) who see religion as a joke because of nuts like the wesboro babtist church who protest at funerals. None of that would have existed without Martin Luther’s push to break up the church so that they could steal land. Even though I do not believe in religion, I do believe in history. Perhaps you should too.

    1. Garth Milnert says:

      Martin Luther was very instrumental in fixing what was wrong with the church. You are speaking as one who is ignorant of the past. I dread your future for you.

    2. Jerry M. says:

      The list he nailed to the Catholic church door described all the sins that particular sect engaged in and he was responsible for major reformation in a good way! Your view of history is myopic in the extreme. Try some other field!

  16. LMFAO says:

    “[It’s an] an awful crime to desecrate a house of worship
    We had homeless Hispanics defecate in my old church
    is that the same?

    1. Jim says:

      The sky is blue. I had coffee just now, is that the same?

  17. Fanny Forbes Franklen says:

    “Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.”
    – Plato —- http://911essentials.com

  18. G.W. BUSHY says:

    obama voters I suspect

  19. Carl McPherson says:

    Thieves here in Arizona stole the main breakers out of the electrical box on the outside of our church here.

  20. ByteRider says:

    This story is WRONG…

    As someone with experience dealing with A/Cs, I can tell you there is little to NO copper in them whatsoever. The motors are magnetic sealed, they are NOT wound by copper.

    The reason people are stealing them there is the same here in Arizona… they are in high demand because new ones are outrageously overpriced and fixing an old unit could also be rediculously expensive.

    Learn to fix them yourselves, folks… they are EASY for the common problems [leaking capacitor or … if popping fuses, needing a condensor fan replacement.. both are $90-$120 and take 10 mins to replace … saving $300+ from an A/C guy].

  21. texmex says:

    They don’t contain large amounts of copper…aluminum yes. What’s up with the constant misreporting.

  22. anonymous says:

    YAY!!!!……Send more a/c….. LMAO!!!!!!

  23. Stendec says:

    Church what church bunch of scam artist all in the name of God….

  24. Justice says:

    hahaha… God didnt realize sumbody was stealing from his house!! rofl!

  25. Daruka says:

    Tax the churches .

    A bunch of charlatans,

    I think they should, tear them all down and or renovate them into homes for people.

    As for the Buybull nuts here.

    Get a life.

    Stop being weakminded and believing in fairy tales.

  26. CB says:

    Here would be a smart idea….start making the recycle places start doing background checks on the people and have them wait 7 days like is done when a person buys a handgun….

    and when a person is caught, an automatic 20 years in prison…..

  27. Helloseekers says:

    Reading this thread is like whispering “Cupcakes!” in your neighbors ear at a bonfire, then they whisper it in their neighbor’s ear, and so on, and when it comes back around you hear “God is dead.” WTH? Churches are easy targets because they are generally large structures, not too many people are in them during the day, they’re empty after 9:00PM or so, and they probably have insurance and can afford the deductible.

    What’s worse, stealing from a big no-tax-paying business, or a middle class family?

  28. Jim says:

    Perhaps they may need those air conditioners in the hereafter. Gonna be hot down there.

  29. tramky says:

    Metal thieves should now be subject to shoot-on-sight orders, by anyone, including ‘civilians’. It is time to get tough about this. A couple of dead copper thieves in the news will greatly diminish this crime, which has reached epidemic, nationwide proportions.

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