KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- A man attempting to strip an air conditioner of its copper so he could sell it for scrap is instead, recovering in the hospital after he fell off the roof of the Abundant Faith Word Church on Portage Road at Lake St. in Kalamazoo.
He was spotted by a man walking his dog, who alerted Public Safety at about 2:30 Wednesday morning. Public Safety Officers surrounded the building, put up a ladder and discovered the man had either fallen or jumped into a small enclosed courtyard 15-feet below and was serously injured.
They had to force their way into the church to get to the courtyard, and assist the injured suspect.The 51-year-old is in stable condition at Bronson. The case has been forwarded to the Prosecutor for charges.
The Church says the "scrapper" caused thousands of dollars damage to their air conditioning unit and they don’t know how they will replace it.
And it was all for a few pounds of copper.