Athens Review, Athens, Texas

November 8, 2012

APD investigates stolen AC

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The Athens Police Department is investigating a stolen air conditioner reported stolen from a residence  Wednesday.

APD reports indicate that a woman contacted dispatch at about 4:45 a.m. after seeing suspicious activity behind the house in the 200 block of Hodge Street.

The caller said a green Chevrolet pickup was parked there. The complainant told police that she saw people working behind the house.

After the pickup drove away, she noticed that the AC was no longer there. The air conditioning unit usually sits on a pad outside the mobile home.

Officer C. Wesley Hoover was sent to the house. He observed that copper wire had been stripped from a utility pole. Hoover contacted the owner by phone, and made arrangements to talk to the owner of the house in the morning.

At about 10 a.m., Cpl. Billy Westover was dispatched to the location to speak to the owner.

APD Lt. Michael Davis said air conditioning thieves are usually looking for metal they can sell. They often do damage equal to several times the value of the air conditioner  or electrical wiring.