HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) – Copper thieves in Hutchinson have been targeting air conditioners, with seven thefts reported since March.
Sgt. Tyson Meyers says the thefts have caused more than $100,000 in damage. He says the thieves break the units to get to the copper coils. Copper is currently sold for about $1.16 a pound.
Meyers says the recent thefts are likely the work of one or two people.
The Hutchinson News reports four of the seven thefts occurred on or right off of Main Street, including at the Salvation Army, New Smoke and Old Mission Heritage Funeral Home. Other thefts occurred at homes.