Vandals destroy air conditioners for copper

Vandals destroy air conditioners for copper

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas mission is trying to beat the heat after vandals wrecked their air conditioner.

Longview Police say thieves were apparently after the small amount of copper inside the air conditioners at the Newgate Mission on Mobberly Avenue.

The usual hot meals served to the needy at Newgate Mission are now replaced by sandwiches due to the blistering heat inside the kitchen.

"Once we start working, it starts going up to 120-140 degrees. You walk inside and it's just as hot as it is outside," says Davallon Newsome, the executive chef.

Overnight Tuesday, air conditioning units were destroyed for nothing more than the copper inside them.

"Well, the first thing I thought was how they could do this to a house of God. That's not between me and them, it's between them and God. We feed an average of 160 people per day," explains Robert Crank, the director at Newgate.

Staff members are using fans to cool, but it's not much help. Scrap company workers say the several thousand dollars worth of air conditioners were destroyed to get $60 - $100 worth of copper.

"It makes no sense to me, and we just hate to think it's somebody in the community that we help that would come and do this," adds Newsome.

This mission will now have to use money to replace them, leaving less funds to serve meals.

No arrests have been made in the case yet. If you'd like to help, you can make donations at the Newgate Mission at 207 South Mobberly Avenue in Longview.

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