Police seek AC thieves

Published 10:36 pm Tuesday, January 10, 2012

It’s cold enough outside not to need air conditioning, but one or more thieves in Suffolk either are preparing for summer or hoping to get some scrap metal to sell.

Surveillance video at a Credit Max store captured this man stealing the establishment’s air-conditioning unit. Police are seeking the man’s identity.

Suffolk police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect involved with a series of air conditioning unit thefts in the last two weeks.

Police obtained surveillance footage from one of the thefts and are hoping someone can identify the person who was filmed, according to a press release from the city.

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The surveillance video shows a man using a hand truck to take an air conditioning unit from the Credit Max store, 402 Carolina Road, on Dec. 30. His pickup, also captured on video, is a white Ford Ranger, possibly year 1998-2001, with a flareside and extended cab.

Two other incidents have been reported in recent days.

In the early morning of Jan. 7, Suffolk police received a report of an air conditioning unit that had fallen out of the bed of the truck in the 200 block of East Washington Street. The truck was possibly a silver or gray Nissan and had two black males inside, according to the press release.

Police searched the area and found that an air conditioning unit had been stolen from the China Village restaurant at 217 E. Washington St. The unit was returned to the business.

An additional air conditioning unit was reported stolen from Jackson Real Estate, 415 Market St., on Jan. 6.

Anyone who has information is asked to call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. Callers to Crime Line never have to give their names or appear in court, and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.