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Copper thieves continue to target AC Units

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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB) - Copper thieves continue to target air conditioning units. Now an Albany property owner is out thousands of dollars.

Harriett Gainer owns property off Hobson Street in Albany.

About a week ago thieves stole a $6,500 A-C unit off the back one of her apartment buildings. The unit was brand new.

Since the theft, she's installed $250 fences around all AC units on her properties. She's also thinking about putting in security lights.

"It is extremely frustrating. Finally, I've got this so my tenants can be comfortable winter or summer, and what happens? Somebody who doesn't think they have to work, they take from you, and come in and steal what you've worked for," said Gainer.

"If anyone sees anyone in their neighborhood who does not live there, they need to do some tag numbers, call the police," said Harold Williams, Neighborhood Watch Captain for the East Albany Colonial Village.

Last week the East Albany Boys and Girls Club and Girls Inc Buildings were hit twice by copper thieves who stripped and destroyed Ac-units.

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