DE SOTO, MO (KTVI)– De Soto Police are investigating after thieves stole two thousand feet of copper from De Soto Christian Church Saturday night. Pastor Ron Follmer knew the church had been targeted by thieves when members went inside Sunday morning and discovered there was no heat or electricity. “We did our worship time. It was a spirited time, and we even prayed for the people who did this said Lord help them because they really do need help,” said Pastor Follmer.
The thieves covered a security camera, broke the light near three transformers, broke the protective covering, and then stole two thousand feet of copper wire. Detective Rick Draper was amazed no one was killed. “The wire was live. They had to cut the wire while it was live. That’s a lot of voltage going through there,” said Draper.
Bryan Warren, an electrician with De Soto Electrical Products spent part of Tuesday repairing the damage. He knows the routine. He replaced the copper wire when it was stolen from the church six months ago. “It’s really incredible somebody is brazen enough to just actually come do that, twice mind you, and still survive,” said Warren.
Police believe experienced electricians were involved in the theft. They also believe the thieves stole the copper to sell it for cash. They are following several leads hoping to make an arrest soon.