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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

DOUGLAS (WALB) –As the weather rises so does the number air conditioner thefts. In Douglas, police have worked more than fifty cases in the past few months. Just recently someone stole copper from seven units outside of a mental health facility, putting several people including clients out in the heat.

AC thefts have been keeping Investigator Timothy Allmond very busy. "I worked a case yesterday where someone stole some ac units out from a vacant window, when I leave here I have to go to a place where they stole more air conditioning units," said Allmond.

In just two days he says he's worked about ten. Thursday he and other detectives spent hours dusting for finger prints and looking for evidence outside the Satilla Community Health building. "It is  hard to get the finger prints off the units because they have been outside," said Allmond.

Where someone got away with copper from seven AC units, " It appears instead of taking the entire unit they drove up behind this unit and used to pliers and bolt cutters," said Allmond.

Inconveniencing several workers and clients. "They are out here in the blistering heat when they should be inside taking care of their health issues and getting help," said Allmond.

"They probably got less than 50 dollars worth of copper, but as you can see with the guys working behind us, they have done probably close to 2,000 dollars in damage," said Allmond.

Investigator Allmond encourages the public to speak out on these crimes. "I arrested two men not too long ago, and one of the men actually relayed to me that while they were stealing the copper in broad daylight, people drove by and waved to them," said Allmond.

And if you see something even a little suspicious call the police and let them know. "We want to encourage the public to get involved we need their help in capturing people, from Murderers to entering autos etc," said Allmond.

Investigators do not know if all the AC thefts are related.

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