Equipment Is Stolen From Gospel Radio & TV Station

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

Police want to know who stole thousands of dollars worth of equipment in Laurel County.

It happened in Keavy at a building that houses equipment for a gospel radio and television station.

The owner of gospel radio station WVCT and gospel tv station WVTN has been broadcasting from West City Dam road for more than 20 years.

Sometime after he went off the air Monday night someone stole almost 20-thousand dollars worth of equipment from the transmission room.

Police are asking for the public's help in their investigation and Sivley says he doesn't know how he'll recover.

Charles Sivley was at his home about 600 feet from his Gospel radio and television stations when he heard a popping noise late Monday night.

“I thought it was firecrackers, you know about this time of year and so forth, and some people over there on the, close by, they've been shooting firecrackers. So I thought maybe that's what it was,” Don Trosper said.

He later learned that what he really heard was a shotgun blast and someone smashing the top of his radio tower.

Inside the transmission room he found empty shelves and equipment stripped from the walls.

Everything else was thrown across the floor.

“Apparently they shut down during the nighttime hours and so when he went in this morning is when he discovered it so they've been off the air all day,” Trooper Trosper said.

State police say they don't yet know who the burglars are, but they broke in by tearing out the air conditioner and climbing through the wall.

“I don't know what they're motive was. I'd say it's just vandals...some people out for a kick I guess,” Charles Sivley said.

He says he just wants his equipment returned, and doesn't want to press charges.

“I'm not upset at the people that did it. I just want to see them change their ways and to realize that it's not me they're tampering with. It's the gospel of the lord Jesus Christ,” Sivley said.

Police say so far they have no suspects. They are asking anyone with information to call them.

The stations are non-profit; they don't sell advertising, so they say they really have no resources to replace what has been stolen.

However, the stations are back on the air.

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