Metal thefts continue to cost the Albany Recreation and Parks Department big money.
Of course that cost is passed on to taxpayers.
Copper thieves stripped two large air conditioning and heating units behind the headquarters building on North Madison Street Monday night or Tuesday morning.
It could cost up to $20,000 to replace them.
Crooks have stripped metal from a dozen a-c units at recreation and parks buildings in the last two years.
Albany Recreation and Parks Deputy Director Derrell Smith said "It's very expensive, and that's taking money that we could put back into programs. And not only that, it takes a while to get one of these units replaced."
Because the city will have to bid out the work, Smith says it could take more than 30 days to replace them.
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