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Election workers discover theft at church

An investigation is underway into a copper theft at a Lexington church.

The compressors from two air conditioning units were stolen sometime overnight from Mount Olivet Baptist Church on Delaware Avenue.

The church is being used as a polling place Tuesday, and election workers actually discovered something was wrong when they tried to turn the heat on this morning.

The workers and the pastor then realized the compressors from the air conditioning units had been stolen.

Church Pastor Dewayne Walker says overnight, someone broke the fences around both units, and cut out the compressors.

Lexington Police were called to investigate, but so far, they don't have any suspects.

The church has a substance recovery program, and Walker says he has an idea of why someone would go to so much trouble for so little money.

"Somebody using it for drug money," Walker said. "Not worth them going after it. Doubt they got $80 worth of material."

Walker says an air conditioning unit on the church's roof should be able to handle any air conditioning needs for now.

He also says this isn't the first copper theft he's seen near the church.

Walker says an air conditioner was stolen from a neighboring business a few weeks ago.

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