AC units stolen from Glendale church

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Police are investigating after several air-conditioning units were stolen from a Glendale church overnight.

Thieves took 10 AC units from The Church At Arrowhead near 79th Avenue and Union Hills Drive, according to Sgt. Brent Coombs with the Glendale Police Department.

The units were discovered missing from the church's new buildings at 7 a.m. Monday, according to Dennis Adams, senior pastor.

Adams said the thieves took the units in two loads.

"We have sensors on the thermostats inside and it showed the one building kicked off at 1:15 and the other building at 3 o'clock," Adams said.

"They're salvaging the metal out of the units, primarily copper and things like that, that are of value," Coombs said. "It's a situation that is not only affecting our city, but other cities in the Valley.&qot;

"It's a sign of the times, you know people are desperate," Adams said.

All scrap metal businesses are now required to report their scrap metal transactions to the new AzDPS LeadsOnline system. The system will provide up-to-date information to allow officers to monitor and investigate scrappers who appear to be much more than recyclers, or whose scrapping transactions mirror crime data.

The units will cost about $100,000 to replace and it's not the first metal theft at the church.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call the Glendale Police Department.