Athens Review, Athens, Texas

May 8, 2013

Copper again stolen from AC

Under-construction building on Loop 7 latest burglary victim

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — Thieves entered the under-construction Ag-Power building over the weekend, and stole copper used in installing the air-conditioning system.

The dollar value of the stolen items was far exceeded by the expense of repairing the damage, Athens Police Department Lt. Michael Davis said. Theft of copper wire is a state-jail felony punishable up to two years in jail and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

According to the police report, Cole Air Conditioning has been contracted to install the AC units at the business, located a 2001 N.E. Loop 7. After workers left the building for the weekend, someone entered and removed copper tubing that had been installed along the top of the walls.

On Monday morning, APD received a call from a Cole official reporting the theft. Officer William Carlow went to the location, and learned that intruders had taken 36 feet of 7/8-inch copper tubing, and 36 feet of 3/8 inch tubing. Also removed, was 40 feet of 18-gauge copper wire. The lines had already been charged with refrigerant.

Davis said the investigation into the theft is ongoing, and there were no suspects as of Wednesday afternoon. Investigators were still trying to determine how the thieves entered the building.

Ag-Power is moving from Rocky Ridge Road to a 6-acre property on Loop 7. The John Deere dealership’s new $3 million home is being constructed on the northeast corner of the Loop 7, Farm-to-Market Road 1616 intersection.