AC Thefts Continue in Wichita Falls

It's a scene police say they're seeing more and more.

A crime that's very uncool.

And it now has Camp Fire of North Texas' Director, Bettye Ricks in a sweat.

"I'm really sad about it, that's money we could have used on our programs," she said.

About $2,000 to be exact, for an AC unit that they say was stolen overnight, again.

"This is twice, the same condenser and everything, it's unbelievable to me," Ricks said. 
Police say thieves are looking for parts inside the units like, the copper and aluminum metal, that can get them quick cash for a quick fix.

"On the majority there is probably some type of drug tie most likely a user," Sgt. John Spragins from the Wichita Falls Police Department.

But it's things like paint on light sensors that's making people think that the thieves are someone else.

"They are pros, a meth addict wouldn't fold things up and neatly carry them to the dumpster they'd just toss them," said Dr. Leon Morris, a forensic psychologist.

Morris has an office next store to Camp Fire and had his AC stolen about a month ago.

He says the thieves even clipped the alarm he had on his air conditioner, which makes him think they have more experience and knowledge than the typical crooks. 

"I suspect they work in the air conditioning business," he said.

Professionals or not, the thieves have left police dusting and victims sweating.

One thing police do know is that many of these thefts have been in a concentrated area.

Between 9th Street and Kell and inbetween Kemp and Scott.

Police are investigating and say they really need a break in this case.

You can always call Crime Stoppers at 322-9888.

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