Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Copper thieves score big -- Fort Myers, FL

Thieves caused $100,000 damage while stealing copper coils from air conditioners at a vacant Cape Coral shopping center.

The theft and damage was reported Tuesday at the center at 1843 N.E. Pine Island Road.

Property manager Sharon Stamper told police that she found holes in the roof of the vacant Circuit City store.

She said copper coils were removed from eight air conditioners in the store.

The thieves also broke into adjacent vacant stores and took copper coils out of four more air conditioners, Stamper said.

She said it will cost $100,000 to replace the air conditioning units.

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