JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - "At first I didn't want to believe it. It's hard to grasp people stealing from the church," said Pastor Jeff Parker. But that's just what happened at Southside Baptist Church, their air conditioner ripped right from the foundation.
News of the theft came just minutes before the Sunday sermon.
"Just gotten the unit. It's a different kind because this is an older building, so we had to look hard to find the unit," said Parker. "We hadn't had it in long at all."
Both the electrical lines and the copper coolant lines were cut. The church has suffered other burglaries and even a recent armed robbery of an elderly member in their parking lot. They say this incident won't stop them from continuing to spread their message.
"We are very much committed to this community, and, for this to happen, it just makes it much more difficult," said Parker. "This was a church where people take great sacrifice in continuing to do the ministries we do, so it's a sad day."
The air conditioner cools the Sunday School classrooms, which will be closed till they can get a replacement. It will likely cost just over two-thousand dollars.
Much like this unit that was taken from the Emmanuel Temple Independent Apostolic Church in Byram last week. The crime was caught on surveillance cameras. Authorities are still searching for the two men in the video.
Back in Jackson, Pastor Parker urged the men who stole their air conditioner, to confess to the crime, even if it's the last thing they do.
"One second after death these people are going to stand before a holy God, and they have to give an account of this, and that's one thing I warn them: They need to take seriously what they're doing," said Parker.
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