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Copper thieves hit Ferris church

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GLEN JACKSON
The Ellis County Press
FERRIS - Thieves stole thousands of dollars worth of copper and aluminum coils encased in five air-conditioning units at a Ferris-area church Sunday, leaving police looking for answers and investigators looking for suspects.

Patsy Cowey, one of the members of Covenant Family Fellowship on FM 664, said suspects came in before this week's heavy rain and snowfall.

Copper and other precious metals are being stolen at alarming rates, local police said.

The church, known for its role as a missionary-training program, has insurance to help defray the costs of the damaged air-conditioning units, estimated at more than $7,500.

So far, investigators with the Ferris Police Department have not made any arrests.

Another incident in Ferris, on North Main Street, also resulted in materials being stolen from Magness Properties. Police said the building was unoccupied at the time of the theft.

Ferris Chief of Police Michael Braly said the thefts were reported to the Dallas County Task Force. Authorities said the worsening economy is a factor in many of the metal thefts.

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