Copper pipes stolen from Mesa church

Light in the Desert Church

Credit: Mesa Police Department

Light in the Desert Baptist Church

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 7 at 2:12 PM

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MESA, Ariz. -- Police are trying to identify the suspect or suspects who vandalized a Mesa church earlier this week.

According to Mesa police, copper pipes were stolen from a bathroom at the Light in the Desert Baptist Church near Baseline and Sossaman roads. The crime occurred sometime between 2:30 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday while the church was closed.

"Someone had gotten inside, gotten underneath the cabinet, even destroyed the cabinet getting the piping out from underneath and stole the copper piping from the building," Sgt. Tony Landato said.

Running water from the pipes flooded several classrooms and a storeroom, damaging the drywall, carpet and items stored on the floor.

The total value of the damage has yet to be determined.

"Copper thefts across the Valley over the last several years have been a growing problem," Landato said.

"The damage that's done is exponentially worse than the actual value of selling that copper piping so it can be very devastating especially for a smaller business or folks who are needing to repair that," he added.

Police do not have any suspect information at this time.

Anyone with information regarding the crime or identity of the suspect(s) can call 480-644-2211 and select option 2; text information to 274-637 (begin your message with MESAPD); or submit information at https://www.tipsubmit.com. Refer to case number 2014-1820149.

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