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Local church out thousands of dollars after suspects steal, damage AC units

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ALEXANDER, Ark. (KATV) -- A local church is out thousands of dollars after police say two of the building's air conditioning units were stolen and several others were damaged.

Police say it happened Dec. 30 at Cornerstone Church of the Nazarene in Alexander.

Authorities released surveillance video of the incident Friday.

"We realize it's difficult times for everyone, and that leads to desperation," church pastor Tim Evans said.

"All we know is they came to the back of the building and they cut through all the wiring to our air conditioning condenser units."

Evans says a board member noticed the unusual scene the next day.

That's when he says police were called and surveillance video was checked.

The video shows two unidentified men loading up the units before driving off in a pickup truck.

"They took two, then turned two over and left the other two just cut away from the building," Evans said.

Evans says the damage is estimated to cost around $30,000.

But even in times of need, he says it's important to move forward and focus on the community.

"Our food pantry is set up for this week," he said. "We hand out food boxes on the third Wednesday of every month to those in the Alexander area."

Though repairs could take weeks, Evans says he's praying for whoever is responsible.

"I just hope it will be a wake up call, turn life around. That's our prayer for everyone."

An incident report from the Alexander Police Department says it appears one suspect cut the wires with an electric saw before they both drove off in a 2000's model red pickup truck.

Evans says the church does have insurance and claims are in the process of being made.

If you have any information on this case, you are urged to call the Alexander Police Department.

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