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Rochester, N.Y. -- Church members at Hope Christian Fellowship are trying to repair damage left after a thief stole part of an air conditioner from outside of the church.
At about 3 a.m. Friday morning, a man caught on surveillance video, can be seen approaching the large square unit which rests just outside of the church walls.
A puff of smoke arises, then the man leaves on a bicycle. He returns moments later in a white car. He tries with little success to jam the unit into the car's backseat. Eventually, he leaves with the door open and air conditioner hanging partially out.
"We weren't expecting this," said Missions Director Pastor Efrain Torres.
Church leaders believe the air conditioner was taken for the copper inside. Cooper that they do not believe would fetch more than $25 at a scrap yard.
"We're trying to help people and people try to take advantage of what we're trying to do," said Bill Adams, a longtime parishioner.
The church plans to replace the $900 unit and purchase fencing to go around it.