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Cambria Co. church swiped of its copper piping, days away from fundraiser

By Melanie Gillespie

CAMBRIA TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A Cambria County church was broken into early Wednesday morning and swiped of its copper piping.

Its a crime heard about too often, but it comes just days before one of the churches fundraisers.

Charles Olexa walked into a mess Wednesday afternoon at Holy Ascnesion Church in community Colver in Cambria Township.

"I looked in and there was stuff [laying] on the floor there, and I looked and the water lines were taken down, Olexa said.

Olexa said hinges were ripped off the door; copper piping was pulled out and ripped right from the hot water tank.

"They turned the water off, took out the pipes off the hot water tank and all through the kitchen, Olexa said.

Pieces of the ceiling tile were still sitting on the floor abd torn apart.

"They even stole the garbage can out of there and put the pipes in there and hauled it out, Olexa said.

The theft comes just days away from one of the churches very own fundraisers.

"We're having a basket party Sunday. They even took some of the baskets out of there, Olexa said.

Residents of the tiny community were surprised by the theft.

"I think it's terrible. I don't think you could get much lower than to steal from a church, really, said Paul Scott, of Colver.

Colver has just three churches that are known to help support each other. It's a hit this small parish may struggle to recover from.

"It's a small, close-knit parish. They're going to be devastated, Scott said.

"Hopefully the insurance will cover it, Olexa said.

The church planned to hold its fundraiser as scheduled on Sunday.

If anyone would like to help donate, the fundraiser will be held from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday on Fifth Street in Colver.

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