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Copper pipes stolen from Jersey City church

December 8, 2010 8:18:04 PM PST
Some thieves in Jersey City stole the copper pipes from a church, leaving it without heat for the Christmas season.

Some thieves in Jersey City stole the copper pipes from a church, leaving it without heat for the Christmas season.

At Jersey City's Mt. Zion Church on Kearney Avenue it looked, "Like someone threw a hand grenade," said Reverend Willie Clark.

Reverend Clark was cleaning up all the damage some thieves left behind.

"They ripped these pipes out of the ceiling," Rev. Clark said.

They were after the copper pipes that heat the building.

They took just about all of it.

Whoever did it, even found their way into the church sanctuary where they tore up the base board heaters.

On Wednesday night it was just as cold inside as it was outside.

But, the church pastor was just warming up when Eyewitness News asked him what he thought about the people who did this.

"No morals whatsoever," Rev. Clark said.

There have been similar break-ins at other churches in Jersey City recently.

Four air conditioning units were dismantled at St. John Baptist Church.

Members of the congregation say that in that instance the thieves were also after the copper pipes.

"It surprises me, I don't understand," said Deacon Oliver King, of St. John Baptist Church.

Back at Mt. Zion Church they're still assessing the damage.

By some estimates it will cost $65,000 and take weeks to repair, leaving empty pews through Christmas.

"If we get the heat going we'll definitely be here for Christmas, that is our desire," Rev. Clark said.

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