“The man just blew up into a fire ball,” Kirtley told reporters. “I surely don’t know if he was electrocuted or even alive.”
Even though the thieves appear to have learned their lesson, the church is working with local authorities to locate and prosecute the thieves.
The church cancelled all of their Wednesday services and activities since they were without power. They’ve rented a generator to prepare for Sunday services.
“We can start the generator for eight hours only to minimize expenses,” Kirtley said. “Our [insurance] deductible is $5,000. This robbery is going to cost the church a lot.”
Last year, Westway Baptist Church was victim to two other robberies when two of the air conditioners were stolen.