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Thieves steal heating units from senior center in Pottstown

By Liz Kilmer, Reporter, LKilmer@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 05 2013 03:48:58 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 06 2013 05:14:51 AM CST

A community is heartbroken after thieves targeted a facility set to become a senior center.

POTTSTOWN, Pa. -

A Montgomery County community is reeling after thieves targeted a facility set to become a senior center.

Thousands of dollars worth of heating units were taken from the new Pottstown Area Senior Center, located in the 200 block of Moser Road, said officials, who now aren't sure when the site will be fully operational.  

"It's really discouraging when we've worked so hard to get into this building," said Brad Fuller, the executive director.

Fuller said he believes the thieves acted sometime between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning. He told 69 News that three full HVAC units were taken, along with copper wire.

"This will set us back, and we hope we'll be able to raise the funds so we can get into the new building as soon as possible," said Ron Barrett, a member of the center's board.

Officials said there are other heating units on the premises, allowing some office workers to move in this month, but as for when the building will be fully operational, that remains unknown.

Fuller said all of the stolen units will need to be replaced, which could cost upwards of $20,000.

In the meantime, center activities will continue to be held at the nearby Berean Bible Church, where members and volunteers told 69 News they are heartbroken by the thefts.

"I just can't believe somebody would do that, and to a senior center," said Marge McElroy, a volunteer.

"Isn't that a shame? I really feel hurt about it," said center member Lawrence Bradshaw.

Police were not able to comment Thursday.