June 26, 2016

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Toledo sees dozens of air conditioner thefts

TOLEDO — Police report thieves have been hot for air conditioners this month in one of Ohio’s largest cities.

Toledo Police Lt. David Schmidt said the thefts likely have something to do with the rising price of copper, commonly found in air conditioning units.

WTOL-TV reports more than two dozen have been stolen in December from Toledo churches, schools, businesses and homes.

Police have told residents to keep their units secured and connected to power throughout the winter months. Schmidt said thieves won’t want to risk — as he puts it — “lighting themselves up” by stealing an air conditioner that’s still supplied with electricity.