Thieves Target Local Business For Copper

By: Cynthia Ibarra Email
By: Cynthia Ibarra Email

"If it continues it will get pretty unbearable back here and it will be difficult to work", says Chuch Starr, owner of Collectors Gallery.

He says it has been a rough work day. Fans are set up throughout his business to try to cool things down because thieves destroyed two of their four AC units for copper.

"We noticed it because we started getting uncomfortably warm inside the building and came outsie to see if the fans were working and noticed they had been attacked", says Starr.

And because business hasn't stopped, they're forced to deal with the heat inside and out. All because someone decided copper within the units were worth the burden and the risk".

We've been told by the air conditioning people that those doing this are pros, this is 400, not 110 electricity and if your not careful you could electricuted very easily. So I hope they're enjoying the fruits of their ill gotten games because it's not only a physical burden but a financial burden also", he said.

Starr says they may have to deal with the situation until the middle of next week. He says the cost to replace each unit is estimated at $3,500.


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  • by Anonymous on Jun 6, 2008 at 09:04 PM
    i guess they need a pill..and they to lazy to work. just wasted trash all they r.hope they get caught soon
  • by tv on Jun 6, 2008 at 07:57 PM
    This is going to continue until buyers and sellers are held accountable for where this stuff comes from.
  • by BLACKSHEEP Location: EVERYWHERE on Jun 6, 2008 at 07:00 PM
    THEY DIDNT STEAL THE COPPER FROM THOSE UNITS, THEY WHERE "RECYCLING THE COPPER". LETS GET THE STORY RIGHT PEOPLE.
  • by Wow Location: RIchmond on Jun 6, 2008 at 06:44 PM
    Gettin my unit that broke down of normal wear and tear replaced tommorow. I bet I wont get $40 for the metal inside and idiots think thats worth destroyin 1,900 worth of equipment. I didnt even get $3 for an old car radiator I wonder how long till they start stealing those as well. Make people register the weight and type of scrap brought in it wont hurt honest people like me that bring in cans every couple months and the occasional scrap from working around the house or elsewhere.

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