OKLAHOMA CITY — Two metro businesses were the target of air conditioner thieves, not just after the copper but the entire unit.
Now they are hoping someone out there recognizes the suspects.
The units were taken just after dark last Thursday.
The suspects broke apart the steel cages that were protecting the units.
Little did they know, the entire event was captured by surveillance cameras.
Brandi Lemons, with Dean Lemons and Associates, said, “They showed up with bolt cutters and a saw and cut through them like there was nothing there.”
Lemons is angry after coming to work last Friday only to find four air conditioning units gone.
She said, “Everything is gone; cages are laying everywhere.”
Just next door at Prophecy In The News four more units are gone.
Unfortunately, for them it’s not the first time.
Just one week earlier Prophecy’s units were vandalized.
They had been replaced and those brand new units were what the suspects took.
Linda Church, with Prophecy In The News, said, “It’s rough when you have to spend $10,000 for nothing.”
Prophecy is insured but the non-profit has a $5,000 deductible per incident.
Church said, “We depend on donations.”
Fortunately, Brandi’s office has numerous surveillance cameras.
The video shows the suspects as they quickly get to work, snapping the bars of the cages and cutting the freon lines.
You then see the suspects removing units and loading them on to a U-Haul, occasionally stopping to look around and make sure they are still working unnoticed.
In just one hour they came and went.
Lemons said, “It’s irritating because it’s just not fair that they think it’s OK to come in and take other people’s stuff.”
If you have any information on the men in the video, call Oklahoma City Police.
Brandi said the police officer who responded to the call said there have been numerous air conditioner thefts in that area recently.