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Church Copper Thefts
Copper thieves attack Asheville churches, ripping down copper gutters on historic buildings. News 13 first broke this story Thursday, and now other churches are reporting the crime.
On Church Street downtown, copper downspouts have been torn down at Central United Methodist, First Presbyterian, and Trinity Episcopal Church. Because of the tall buildings, repairmen must use big ladders and sometimes scaffolding to replace the missing pieces. Many churches are replacing the historic copper with aluminum downspouts similar to those used on homes.
Church administrators hope someone may have seen the thieves at work over the past few weeks, and will call police.
Anyone with information about the copper thefts can call Buncombe County Crime Stoppers at (828) 255-5050.
By Sherrill Barber
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