Police: churches, empty buildings targets of AC thefts

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Dept. is asking for the public's help after a string of air conditioner thefts.

Police say that buildings that are typically unoccupied in outlying areas and possibly churches are being targeted for air conditioner thefts.

In the past three days, two air conditioner unit thefts that may be related have been reported in churches and an office. Units were reported stolen from the Skidaway Island Methodist Church and the Isle of Hope Baptist Church and the Boy Scouts of America office was targeted on Tuesday, according to SCMPD.

Air conditioners are targeted for the copper inside and the rest of the metal is sold for scrap.

Police are urging residents to secure their air conditioner units and to be aware of unusual activity around buildings, houses and apartments that may be unoccupied at various times.

Police are stepping up patrol on churches and building in outlying areas. They're also asking residents to report suspicious activity.

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