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4 air conditioning units stolen from church in West Jordan

Published: Tuesday, July 9 2013 5:44 p.m. MDT

Four air conditioning units were stolen from the Victory Baptist Church on 7625 S. 3200 West in West Jordan; two were stolen on June 30 and two more were taken on July 7. Police have very few leads.

Jen Pilgreen, Deseret News

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WEST JORDAN — For the second time in two weeks, thieves have stolen air conditioning units at the Victory Baptist Church.

The church doesn't have insurance, so it will have to raise the $3,000 to replace them.

Police say two air conditioning units on the north side of the church at 7625 S. 3200 West were stolen on June 30. Then on Sunday, two units on the south side of the building were taken.

Pastor Jose Chargoy said he was unemployed for a while and let the church’s insurance lapse, so the congregation will have to raise money to replace the units. Chargoy now has a job, but he still can’t afford to insure the building.

Not having air conditioning during church makes sermons tough on families in the congregation, he said.

“We have kids that are a few months old, and it can get really hot here,” Chargoy said.

West Jordan police said thieves also stole air conditioning units from an LDS Church next door to Victory Baptist twice around the same time. They said crooks often strip the units for copper and scrap metal.

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