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Businesses Beware: Air Conditioners Being Stolen

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In the middle of a brutal winter, most of our attention is on our furnace. But some local thieves have their eyes on air conditioners instead.

Jeanie Rutledge is the president of Medical Management Systems of Michigan, and was shocked to learn that the units were stolen from her building.

"Who steals an air conditioning unit," said Rutledge. "I mean you are a business person. That's kind one of the last things you think about is your air conditioning unit."

Rutledge runs the AC even in the winter to maintain the temperature of the server room in her office. She was alerted the temperature was rising and called a crew to inspect. They then discovered the theft.

"They came back in and said 'where are your air conditioning units?'," said Rutledge. "And we were quite alarmed by that. And well I said 'they were right where you put them', they said 'no they're gone.'"

Her business has been targeted twice, and lost a total of 6 units. And they aren't alone.

"We've had two instances in Lansing township so far this month one was on the 2900 hundred block of Wood Street and the other was on the 1600 block of Lake Lansing," said Chief Kay Hoffman from Lansing Township Police Department.

Hoffman says the thieves aren't necessarily after the units themselves, but what's inside.

There's copper tubing in these air conditioning units and right now copper is pretty profitable at the salvage yards," said Hoffman.

She says its a good idea for businesses to put motion lights near units, and to keep them under a close watch. And that's exactly what Rutledge now plans to do.

Hoffman also adds that many people may not know that their air conditioner has been stolen because they aren't be used this time of year. She suggest that not only businesses but home owners take a look to see if their air conditioner is there as well.

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