Church latest Lonoke County Copper Theft Victim

(KATV) On December 23,at about 8:41am, the Lonoke Sheriff's Office received a report of a theft atthe New Beginning Mission Church located on Highway 294.

Deputy ClintEifling and Investigator Matt Edwards went to the church. They says the initialinvestigation revealed the suspects entered the church through the rear doorand stripped the copper wiring from the frame work which is under construction.The church is in the process of adding an extension to the building.

The theft isbelieved to have occurred sometime between Sunday and Wednesday morning. Costof wire replacement and repairs are estimated at $2,500.00.

Since January 2012, there have been more than 90 reported thefts regarding metal to include copper in the County. Since November, there have been at least 9 reports of thefts regarding metal and copper.

Anyone whomay have seen anything suspicious or have information regarding the theft, areasked to contact the Lonoke County Sheriff's Office (501) 676-3000.

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