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Toledo church looking for help after crooks steal $6,000 AC unit

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Thursday's message at Lighthouse Church Center of Hope centered on erasing debt.  Pastor Robert Cunningham says it's ironic because his church could be looking to pay extra costs with money they don't have.

"He led me so I could see it for myself and my heart just dropped," says Cunningham.

Early in the morning, a church worker discovered the fence had been cut and the air conditioner on the east side of the building was gone.    They called police who took a report but told the pastor there wasn't much they could do.

Cunningham suspects the crooks took the unit to get cash for the copper and sell of any spare parts to scrap yards.

"For someone to come out and do that, I was pretty shocked and disappointed," says Robert Cunningham III, a member at Lighthouse.

"This is the first time I've seen anything that unusual," says Alfred Alexander, the head janitor at the church who discovered the A/C unit was gone.  "I'm going to pray for them because they're going to feel the wrath of God."

Church leaders say if they're able to replace it, it's been suggested they put it on the roof.  They would also like to add security lights with motion sensors to the outside of the building to add better protection.  But to do these things costs money.

"If anyone out there is in any position to help financially for us to secure another unit, it would be greatly appreciated," the pastor tells 13abc.

Cunningham estimates the value of the air conditioner to be about $6,000 but says it could cost more.   It was insured but he's not sure how much the insurance will cover.  For now, fans will have to cool the Toledo sanctuary as the summer heat rolls on.

"We got to dig a little deep, but God is able," says Cunningham with confidence.  "At the end, God is going to take care of us, we are His."

The church is accepting donations from anyone who would like to help.  They can be taken to the church which is located at 1235 Division St. in Toledo, or sent to:

P.O. Box 351823
Toledo, OH 43635


Anyone with information about the actual crime should call the Toledo Crime Stopper tip line at 255-1111.

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