Metro Inn targeted by metal thieves - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Metro Inn targeted by metal thieves

The abandoned Metro Inn on Ellis Avenue and Highway 80 is the latest property to be hit. Source: WLBT The abandoned Metro Inn on Ellis Avenue and Highway 80 is the latest property to be hit. Source: WLBT
The abandoned Metro Inn on Ellis Avenue and Highway 80 is the latest property to be hit. Source: WLBT The abandoned Metro Inn on Ellis Avenue and Highway 80 is the latest property to be hit. Source: WLBT
The abandoned Metro Inn on Ellis Avenue and Highway 80 is the latest property to be hit. Source: WLBT The abandoned Metro Inn on Ellis Avenue and Highway 80 is the latest property to be hit. Source: WLBT
The abandoned Metro Inn on Ellis Avenue and Highway 80 is the latest property to be hit. Source: WLBT The abandoned Metro Inn on Ellis Avenue and Highway 80 is the latest property to be hit. Source: WLBT
The abandoned Metro Inn on Ellis Avenue and Highway 80 is the latest property to be hit. Source: WLBT The abandoned Metro Inn on Ellis Avenue and Highway 80 is the latest property to be hit. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Properties along Highway 80 in Jackson continue to be targeted by metal thieves.

The abandoned Metro Inn on Ellis Avenue and Highway 80 is the latest property to be hit.

READ MORE: Metal thieves destroying Jackson Enterprise Center

Metal thieves have ripped the entire front off the rooms, including windows and doors, just to get to the metal frames. 

Thursday, people were seen loading their haul into a truck and taking it to the nearby Can Man where it appeared they received cash for the stolen metal.

Across the interstate at New Horizon Church, leaders have watched several buildings suffer the same demise and are hoping to stop the trend.

"When we first moved here, we had a lot of theft here," said Ronnie Crudup Jr., Associate Director of Ministries. "People stole copper, we spent a lot of money on air conditioners and roof issues. We're doing the best we can here, utilizing the church as an asset to this community."

Church officials are doing their own beautification projects in the area.

That includes welcome signs in south Jackson.

They're hoping someone buys the closed motel and brings in a new business before the property gets any worse.

"We've been trying to clean out this Ellis Avenue side, even put signage up trying to do whatever we can to try to beautify the area," said Crudup. "We've purchased more property across the street, trying to keep it clean."

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