Police Arrest Air Conditioner Theft Suspect

James Helmey
James Helmey

Police think they have the person responsible for stealing air conditioning units all over Chatham County. This man, 49-year-old James Helmey, was arrested and charged with two counts of theft by receiving and faces a possible nine additional indictments.

Last month, WTOC broke the story about air conditioning units disappearing from Gateway Village. Contractors were building new homes, but the A/C units were being swiped overnight.

Police believe Helmey is responsible for these as well as similar crimes dating back to last July.

He is being held in the Chatham County Detention Center without bond.

Reported by: Don Logana, dlogana@wtoc.com