A/C stolen from SW Philadelphia church
SOUTHWEST PHILADELPHIA - July 24, 2011 (WPVI) -- The Southwest Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia felt the heat, after someone stole one of their central air conditioning units overnight.
Members of the church tell Action News that one of their members arrived Sunday morning to turn on the air conditioning and prepare for their 9:30 a.m. service.
Upon arrival, they soon discovered one of the air conditioning units missing and another damaged.
"It's hard to say if they were taking it for scrap or if they needed it," said Ken Polsz.
The small church only has 26 members and many of them are elderly.
Today, members relied on fans to help them get by.
"We have to pray for them. If they knew how to do better, they would have. We have senior citizens, who needed the air conditioning," said Teddi Velazquez, a member of the church.
Pastor Clayton Ames was prepared to preach, but decided to forego his robe. Instead he opted for two fans behind the pulpit.
"When I was an army chaplain down in Fort Hood, in 117 degrees, we had services in our t-shirts, so it's no big deal," said Pastor Ames.
A normal temperature inside of the tiny church is 72 degrees. With the sweltering temperatures outside, it was at least 88 degrees this morning.
Church officials say that they will talk to their insurance company tomorrow but a replacement unit could cost up to $9,000.
The theft was reported to police, and remains under investigation
philadelphia, pennsylvania, heat wave, theft, local/state, nora muchanic
- Skydiver ID'd in fatal Washing Twp. accident 29 min ago
- 70s Return This Week
- Get the 6abc StormTracker app
- WATCH: Action News Online
- $30K possibly stolen in Target armed robbery
- I-95 reopens after car catches fire 23 min ago
- Person of interest ID'd in Collingdale hit-and-run
- 4 injured in Route 295 crash 50 min ago
- Camden teen reported missing
- Miss America: Don't suspend teen over prom invite
- Photos: Pictures from Easter Sunday services
- Oscar Mayer hot dogs recalled due to misbranding
- Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76
- Photos: Jamie Apody welcomes Baby Chase!
- Skydiver ID'd in fatal Washing Twp. accident
29 min ago