Athens church folk track down copper thief

Friday, July 23, 2010 5:51 AM
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Men who were supervising a summer camp at an Athens area church this week tracked down a thief who stole copper parts from a church air conditioning unit, Athens-Clarke police said.

One man pulled up to the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church on Old West Broad Street with a van full of children about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday and saw someone behind the church run across the parking lot with a backpack, police said.

The man climbed a fence and got away, but left behind a backpack full of stolen copper air conditioning parts, according to police.

Another church worker got in a car and went looking for the thief, and spotted him going into Walgreens pharmacy on Hawthorne Avenue where he grabbed the thief and brought him outside until officers arrived, police said.

Jon Michael Wilkerson, 44, admitted he stole the air-conditioning parts and was charged with theft by taking and second-degree criminal damage, police said.

He was treated at Athens Regional Medical Center for severe cuts he suffered when climbing the church's fence, police said.

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wlightnin42
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wlightnin42 07/23/10 - 07:45 am
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Stealing from a church, That

Stealing from a church, That will get you a seat next to Hitler.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/23/10 - 09:26 am
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They destroy a $10,000

They destroy a $10,000 commercial air conditioner to get $40 worth of copper.

Chillen
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Chillen 07/23/10 - 09:27 am
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Excellent! What a scum bag!

Excellent! What a scum bag! Copper purchases bear some of this responsibility. They just turn a blind eye.

crackerjack
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crackerjack 07/23/10 - 09:41 am
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When they start handing out

When they start handing out hefty fines and long sentences to scrap companies and their employees, that knowingly buy stolen copper from thieves, are we going to get a handle on this problem.

RCSO and CCSO need to set up some sting operations! The money received from the fines could be put in a pool to purchase new AC's for the victims.

da-realist
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da-realist 07/23/10 - 10:36 am
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like that one crackerjack

like that one crackerjack

hollyjensen
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hollyjensen 07/23/10 - 01:09 pm
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Little Lamb: The problem is

Little Lamb: The problem is that it is not their 10,000 air conditioning. It's sad that thugs like these are not only ripping off homes but now churches.

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