OKC church in need of help paying for AC units after copper thief causes irreparable damage

An Oklahoma City church is dealing with the heat after a burglar took the copper out of its a/c systems and triggered a lot damage that the systems might not be fixed.After going months without a/c, the Church of the Open Arms near Northwest 30th Street and North Pennsylvania Opportunity needed to break down and purchase it despite the fact that they could not manage it.”I can’t remember in the last five years that I’ve been here how many times the copper has been stolen from the air conditioners,” the Rev. Kayla Bonewell said.Bonewell informed KOCO 5 the burglar triggered a lot more damage throughout the most current break-in.”The damage was so extensive that every company we contacted said that we’re going to have to get new air conditioners,” she said.But the church could not pay for 5 brand-new a/c systems.”The air conditioners cost $50,000,” Bonewell said.With the current heatwave, Bonewell needed to acquire the brand-new systems for the sake of her parish and the homeless youth shelter inside.”There’s 16 beds inside. So, they’re here overnight, and to not have air conditioning in this summer heat was totally unbearable,” she said.Bonewell now has 1 month to settle that cash.”We’re hoping and praying that somehow we’ll be able to pay this $50,000 bill,” she said.In the meantime, Bonewell included cages and metal poles around the systems to ideally stop another theft.Anyone who wants to assist the church pay its a/c costs can click on this link for more details.

An Oklahoma City church is dealing with the heat after a burglar took the copper out of its a/c systems and triggered a lot damage that the systems might not be repaired.

After going months without a/c, the Church of the Open Arms near Northwest 30th Street and North Pennsylvania Opportunity needed to break down and purchase it despite the fact that they could not manage it.

“I can’t remember in the last five years that I’ve been here how many times the copper has been stolen from the air conditioners,” the Rev. Kayla Bonewell stated.

Bonewell informed KOCO 5 the burglar triggered a lot more damage throughout the most current break-in.

“The damage was so extensive that every company we contacted said that we’re going to have to get new air conditioners,” she stated.

However the church could not pay for 5 brand-new a/c systems.

“The air conditioners cost $50,000,” Bonewell stated.

With the current heatwave, Bonewell needed to acquire the brand-new systems for the sake of her parish and the homeless youth shelter inside.

“There’s 16 beds inside. So, they’re here overnight, and to not have air conditioning in this summer heat was totally unbearable,” she stated.

Bonewell now has 1 month to settle that cash.

“We’re hoping and praying that somehow we’ll be able to pay this $50,000 bill,” she stated.

In the meantime, Bonewell included cages and metal poles around the systems to ideally stop another theft.

Anybody who wants to assist the church pay its a/c costs can click on this link for more details.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.