Police investigating rash of larcenies involving stolen air conditioning units

Published: Apr. 28, 2011 at 8:28 PM EDT|Updated: May. 28, 2011 at 8:28 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – Police are investigating a rash of larcenies across Charlotte involving stolen air conditioning units.

The thieves are likely removing the copper coils inside the units and selling the metal at a scrap yard.

One of the cases involves an air conditioning unit taken from a rental property in northwest Charlotte at 951 Grass Hollow Court. The AC unit is valued at $4,000 and was stolen between 9 p.m. on Monday and 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

An air conditioning unit was also taken from a home in west Charlotte at 524 Nelson Avenue in Oakview Terrace. This unit was stolen between 2 p.m. on April 11 and 1 p.m. April 12. Police said the thief cut a lock which secured a fence around the HVAC unit. The unit is valued at about $3,500.

The third case involves an conditioning unit removed from a rental property in northeast Charlotte at 9409 Newell-Hickory Grove Road. The theft happened between April 14 and April 16. The suspect stole both the air conditioning unit and copper tubing. The unit is valued at $2,100. The thief did not try to break into the rental property, the police report said.

If you know anything about these larcenies, call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. If you see anyone trying to steal an AC unit, call 911 immediately.

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