WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – A Warren Church is picking up the pieces after they were the target of copper thieves.
It was a devastating sight inside Covenant Presbyterian on Oakdale Drive. Pastor David Black was the first to come inside the church Thursday and see the destruction. Everything was fine when he left the church on Sunday.
The baseboards were ripped from the walls and copper pipes were sliced and stolen.
Pastor Black said he was overwhelmed when he saw the damage.
“The furnace units were pretty messed up – destroyed. I don’t know if they can be fixed or have to be replaced,” Pastor Black said. “I had never been involved in anything like this. I didn’t even recognize what it was when I first saw it.”
The only evidence of a forced entry was a broken second story window.
Repair crews at the church started cleaning up the mess. It is estimated that about 400 pounds of copper were taken, causing more than $10,000 in damage.
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“It made me sick to my stomach. How low to you have to be to steal from a church. It’s terrible,” said Danielle Adams, neighbor.
Warren Detectives are investigating the crime, but Pastor Black is looking for more than secular justice.
“I’m praying that they will be caught and that they will genuinely repent, ask for forgiveness,” Pastor Black said.
Services are expected to resume at the church March 12.