08/04/11 — More thieves targeting copper

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More thieves targeting copper

By Gary Popp
Published in News on August 4, 2011 1:46 PM

There appears to be no end in sight to the copper thefts taking place at homes and businesses throughout Wayne County.

From Friday to Sunday, the Goldsboro Police Department received complaints of eight copper thefts, seven of which involved air conditioners that were stripped of their interior parts or stolen completely.

According to a report, suspects did $6,000 in damage to an air conditioner at Praise Prayer Worship Revival Center on North John Street. The thieves walked away with $50 worth of stolen copper.

Two homes in the 1100 block of Olivia Lane were targeted between Thursday and Saturday.

At one of the homes, $100 worth of copper wire was stolen from an A/C unit, while $1,600 of damage was done to the unit.

At the second home, $100 of copper pipe was reported as stolen, and $1,500 in damage was done to the floor of the home.

According to the report, suspect(s) cut the copper pipes and left the water running in the home resulting in two inches of water flooding the floor of the home.

A two-ton A/C unit, valued at $1,000, was reported stolen from a vacant rental property in the 1100 block of Elizabeth Street between July 20 and Friday.

A home in the 600 block of Devereaux Street was targeted, between July 25 and Thursday, by suspect(s) who did $1,500 in damage to an air-conditioning unit and stole $500 worth of copper wires and pipes.

Between Friday and Saturday, $2,500 in copper tubing and wiring were reported stolen from an air-conditioning unit at a home in the 200 block of A Street.

A heat pump unit, valued at $3,500, was stolen from a home in the 3000 block of Central Heights Road between Friday and Saturday.

Suspects entered a home in the 500 block of Beale Street through an unsecured window between Thursday and Friday and removed an air-conditioning window unit valued at $1,000.