More than 20 AC units stripped for metal across Thurston County in 3 months

There have been more than 20 incidents since April. Police believe the units are being stripped for their copper wire and sold as scrap metal.

TUMWATER, Wash. — Just before a heat wave hit western Washington, detectives from three neighboring law enforcement agencies work together to solve a series of thefts involving air conditioners and water system backflow units.

More than 20 cases have been reported in the three cities since April.

“It was quite frustrating, yes, a minor infraction. What is he doing with my air conditioner?” said Dr. Ron Wilcox.

Four units were gutted at Wilcox’s Tumwater office, Family Chiropractic, in May.

Police believe the units are being stripped for their copper wire and sold as scrap metal.

The replacement is now on its roof to keep thieves away. He said the extra cost would be worth it.

“You know we wanted to paint the building this year, we think we’ll do it next year,” Wilcox said.

Thieves attacked a construction site in Lacey last month and more than 20 office blocks and warehouses in Olympia and Tumwater from May.

Prosecutors earlier this month charged a man and woman, linking them to a series of air-conditioning-related burglaries in the old Department of Transport quarter in Tumwater, but no other arrests were reported.

The remaining incidents remain unsolved, according to spokesmen for the three authorities.

Large units used to heat and cool storage facilities rented by state agencies will take months to replace at the Tumwater locations used by Washington State, according to property managers.

Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of South Sound.

https://www.king5.com/article/news/local/thurston-county-police-agencies-air-conditioning-unit-thefts/281-756c2f1f-5e40-412d-a7e0-c37a1ac8a02b More than 20 AC units stripped for metal across Thurston County in 3 months

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