Churches are the latest victims of metal thefts in Isle of Wight and Surry counties.
Heating and air-conditioning units are the main targets, although Historic St. Luke’s had copper downspouts, installed in during a recent restoration project, stolen.
Those downspouts were worth several thousand dollars, according to St. Luke’s Board of Directors President John Edwards. The thieves take the heating and air-conditioning units apart and sell the metal parts — particularly the copper — for scrap, said Capt. Rick Gaddis with the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office.