Copper Thieves Hit Church, Cause Thousands In Damage

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

Four men were arrested Wednesday morning after Georgetown Police caught them trying to steal copper from the Harmony Christian Church.

Police say the alleged thieves hit six AC units on the roof of the church causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage.

A church member working late, actually heard people on the roof and called police.

On arrival police found four men, two on the ground and two on the roof. Police say three of them gave up right away, but police say a fourth man tried to run for it. He jumped on to an awing below and then to the ground before he was arrested.

William Lancaster, 22, Derrick Whitlock, 27, Festus Bruner, 19, Travis Bruner, 22, were arrested and are lodged in the Scott County Jail.

There charges range from, 3rd degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking, criminal mischief and resisting arrest.

The church estimates the damage will top $50,000.


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  • by Anonymous on Apr 24, 2010 at 06:18 PM
    these boys are clearly missguided and on the wrong path. however they are children of god and deserve a second chance. everyone makes misstakes. the bible says he who is without sin may cast the first stone. Who will be the first one
  • by Ken Location: Dannaget on Jul 12, 2008 at 09:09 PM
    Just goes to show how many people, deep down, know that there is really no god or goddess watching them.
  • by grumpy on Jul 12, 2008 at 06:05 PM
    here we go again if there was no market this would not be going on they tell me the scrap yards will not buy stolen goods then why dont they investigate the scrap yards and close them for this buying of stolen goods you cant tell me they dont know how can you stop a thief you cant if you catch him the court turns him out you shoot him your in trouble we cant win ifyou take away his market and he cant sell it he would think before he dose it because he wont work for free
  • by Anonymous on Jul 11, 2008 at 07:42 PM
    I believethese individuals have been in trouble before for theft. They shouldn't be let out again. Church members need to take a stand at court.
  • by Dave Location: Garden Springs on Jul 11, 2008 at 06:11 PM
    Well Hells-Bells Mathew.
  • by David Location: Winchester on Jul 11, 2008 at 10:32 AM
    "Maybe if you could post the 10 commandments they would know that thou shall not steal." Happy, if you made the plaque out of copper, they'd steal that, too.
  • by Jeb Location: KY on Jul 11, 2008 at 04:52 AM
    Well it was bound to happen. Anybody who was named after a character on Gunsmoke(Festus) was bound to get in trouble.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 10, 2008 at 09:53 AM
    very similar incident happened a few weeks ago at Scott co. Church of Christ. they got away with it, but im willing to bet that these guys had something to do with that as well. If the judge dont make them pay for their crimes, i'm confident the good Lord will address the issue.
  • by tabatha Location: frankfort on Jul 10, 2008 at 09:36 AM
    I think it is so sad that peoples life's are so boring that they have to steal and out of all palces a church. i pray these people are found and get max time.
  • by DC Location: Hazard on Jul 10, 2008 at 06:06 AM
    Without infringing upon anybody's rights, we're going to have to put a system in place at the place(s) they sell this scrap metal. If someone goes to a place like this with a bunch of catalytic converters, and they don't run a junk yard or towing service, then guess what? They cut them off, and stold them! Typical of a thief...to cause thousands of dollars damage, to gain a few bucks. Judge...make these guys do restitution. And that can include going to prayer service or church a few times...or rot in a cell. Let'em choose, don't make them hear The Word. Free choice. Baliff! Next case!
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