Higher temps spark rash of air conditioner thefts

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police say rising temperatures have sparked a rise in air conditioner thefts by people who are selling the metal and leaving victims with big repair bills.

Police Sgt. Allen Wolf says most of the thefts are occurring between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. while people are at work. The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/11Bbkjk) reports vacant houses, homes for sale and houses with “for rent” signs are the most common targets.

Though there’s been an uptick in residential air conditioner thefts, businesses also have been hit hard. Several stores were left without power recently when someone cut the copper wiring from five rooftop cooling units.

Wolf urges people to call 911 if they see suspicious activity, but not to alert the thieves so officers can arrive while they’re still there.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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