MADISON, Wis. -

A Madison church has been struck by scrap metal thieves for the third time in three years, according to police.

A maintenance worker at Trinity Lutheran Church at 1904 Winnebago Street reported on Aug. 12 that someone had cut away a 10-foot section of copper gutter tube and two 20-foot sections of copper air-conditioning pipe.

The damage was estimated at $8,000.

Copper downspouts were also stolen from the church in May 2012 and April 2011.