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Copper thieves hit shopping center

People who work in a shopping center off Tiverton Way were shocked this morning to discover they'd been the victims of a crime.

"It's a violation. You feel violated," says Clayton Harvey.

Harvey says he didn't know what to think this morning when he discovered the ac unit for his Bluegrass Barkery store missing.

"The first thought is, maybe they came and worked on all the units and didn't tell us," he says.

But he soon realized it was anything but routine maintenance.

"I started to look down the way and I realized it wasn't just our unit, it was quite a few other ones. That's when it hit me that there'd been a copper theft," he says.

In all, five units were stolen from businesses in the shopping center. Harvey says police told him the thieves would probably only get a little over $20 for the copper after doing thousands of dollars of damage.

"This is something you can't account for. Somebody basically caused two or three thousand dollars worth of damage that's got to come out of somebody's pocket for maybe $25 in copper. When you look at it from that standpoint, it's tough to swallow," he says.

He says running a small business is hard enough without having to deal with criminals.

"At the end of the day with all the other worries that you have running a business, to have something like that happen, it's unfortunate. The big thing is you're just angry. You want the people that did this to be brought to justice. I think the kicker is that they did it all for twenty or twenty five dollars," says Harvey.

He says he'll be looking into putting steel enclosures around the AC units from now on.


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