Copper Thieves Rip Off Church For The Fifth Time


A Grove City church said it was the victim of copper thieves for the fifth time.

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church will spend a few thousands of dollars to fix missing copper spouts.

"We could be helping families with it. We could be doing stuff to the buildings with it," said Michael Esposito of the St John's Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Instead, Esposito says the church will be using thousands of dollars to fix its copper down spouts.

"I found the cheapest thing I could find to keep the water out of the lower level of the school building," Esposito said.

The church is temporarily using black plastic piping to ensure the basement doesn't flood.

"The trouble with this last time was I replaced everything and one week later, they took it all again," said Esposito.

Esposito said this time they didn't take all of the copper.

"(The) common box had to be remade. They destroyed it," said Esposito.

Grove City Police said the same thieves hit the Grove City United Methodist Church and caused more than $1,000 in damage.

St. John's is still tallying up how much it will cost to fix the building.

"The damage usually amounts to a little over $3,000," said Esposito.

The church is considering putting in video surveillance in the parking lot.

Grove City Police have not made any arrests.

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