Suspects sought in theft of HVAC units from churches
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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Two other churches have fallen victim to theft of HVAC equipment from their buildings.

Last week, officials with Union Grove Church of Christ reported the theft of three units and damage to the property as thieves removed their air conditioning source.

On Friday, Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Adam Beard filed a report for Cedar Springs Baptist Church officials.

A Tempstar 4-ton air unit had been stripped from its concrete pad.

Ralph Mason reported the theft.

According to the report, Mason said the theft occurred sometime between Wednesday and Friday.

Bradley County Detective Mike Hughes responded to the scene to collect evidence left behind by the perpetrator(s).

The HVAC unit was valued at $4,500.

Deputy Heath Arthur was checking Thompson Springs Baptist Church and noticed someone had removed an HVAC unit from its concrete pad.

Arthur noted in his report that the outside casing had been removed and set near where the air unit had been situated. It had been stripped of its coil.

Hughes also responded to that scene as well to collect evidence.

It was also believed the theft occurred between Wednesday and Friday.

The Rheem air unit was valued at $3,000.

Bob Gault said anyone who may have information regarding suspects or suspicious activity in the area of the thefts is asked to contact the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 728-7336 or the non-emergency line at 728-7311.

Meanwhile, officials continue to investigate the theft of copper and another HVAC unit from a vacant structure.

Tyson Hall of a Hickory Top Road address reported the theft of copper and an HVAC unit from a structure that was vacant.

Deputy Bryan Chancey also filed that report Monday.

According to his report, Hall noted the theft had occurred either prior to the weekend or during the weekend.

Copper wiring was taken from the walls of the mobile home structure and electrical panel. A 3-ton HVAC system was taken from outside the mobile home.

Loss was estimated at $3,650.

Detective Zech Pike of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division was notified of the thefts.