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Thieves hit shopping center twice in two days

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

For the second day in a row, a Scott County shopping center is dealing with a major theft.

Police say 14 businesses at McMeekin Plaza, on South Broadway in Georgetown, are without air conditioning because of copper thieves.

Copper piping was stolen from six air conditioning units Wednesday night, and eight units last night.

Police later combed through Georgetown Cemetery, and found casings for the copper pipes.

Business owners are left thinking about the money they're losing.

"These are all locally owned businesses, and not only do they have to pay to have it repaired, they're now inside working without air conditioning," Lt. Robert Swanigan of Georgetown Police said. "It's definitely impacting their businesses, I can promise you that."

"I'm gonna close for the next two days," explained salon owner Suzann Keefe. "I don't have a choice."

Keefe was victimized Wednesday night and hot under the collar that the thieves came back. The owner of "Someplace Else Salon" says without air conditioning, the few clients she's had wish they were someplace else.

"We tried to roll a perm and made it about halfway through. The lady got too hot and canceled," Keefe said.

Officers say since none of the businesses had surveillance cameras in place, they have very few leads.

Police say without tips from the public, and some quick arrests in this case, they're worried these thieves will strike again.

Police say each air conditioning unit will cost at least $1,000 to fix.

They say the thieves probably made about $100 each night.

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