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Metal thieves wreck AC units

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 By Jim Wallace - bio | email

August 11, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  Copper theft continues to be a major problem for Albany businesses.

Metal thieves hit an Albany shopping center Sunday night, causing thousands of dollars in damage.

Monday morning, the owners of the Oak Place Shopping Center on Philema Road found two air conditioning units gutted by copper thieves. One unit still had some copper piping intact, leading the owners to believe something scared off the thieves before they could finish.

But the units were ruined, and will have to be replaced.

"It'll probably cost me eight to ten thousand dollars to replace the units. I've got a call to my insurance man. I hope they are insured," says Oak Place Owner Stan Patrick.

Patrick said he will increase security at the back of his shopping center to better protect his air conditioners.

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