The Number of A.C. Units Stolen Rises in Local Area

By: Dontaye Carter Email
By: Dontaye Carter Email

Raj Patel is furious.

He says copper thieves just won't stop.

WCTV arrived at his store as Patel was replacing three units for the second time in less than two weeks.

"We replaced the two units the same day and somebody came back and stripped the A.C. ones," said Patel.

Patel says for the hundreds thieves make off the copper they're selling from the units, they're costing him thousands of dollars.

But he's not the only one.

At a Warehouse on M.E. Thompson Drive, thieves stole both units Wednesday leaving nothing but a dripping pipe.

Valdosta Police say you can protect your property by writing down brand names and serial numbers, putting fences around A.C. units and calling authorities if you spot vehicles transporting these units.

Authorities say tracking down the copper thieves is difficult.

"If we can isolate it down it might make things a little easier for us to locate them but we just don't have one specific area that's getting hit. We're getting hit all over," said Lieutenant Leslie Manahan.

Authorities say the best thing you can do be aware and report suspicious activity.

WCTV spoke with a junkyard in Valdosta that says copper sell for about $2.50 a pound and scrap metal for 10 cents a pound.


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