Man Arrested In Theft of AC Unit From Church

Fort Smith/Fayetteville News | 5newsonline KFSM 5NEWS

A West Fork man is facing a felony charge of theft of property after police said he stole an air conditioning unit from a Prairie Grove church Thursday.

William Bates, 43, was booked in the Washington County Detention Center on Saturday evening and has not had a bond set, according to the Sheriff’s Department website. Bates was arrested Saturday afternoon by Washington County deputies after being identified in a security video, officials said.

A preliminary police report said the pastor at the Illinois Baptist Chapel church told officers a new air conditioning unit had been stolen from behind the church Thursday. The unit was still in the box when it was taken, the report said.

Officers viewed a security video and saw a man and another person, whose identity is redacted, take scrap metal from the church yard before backing up a red pickup truck and loading the air conditioning…

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