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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Police investigate rash of air conditioner thefts

  • A Leavenworth police official is asking residents to check their air conditioners after a number of units have been reported stolen in the city.
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  • A Leavenworth police official is asking residents to check their air conditioners after a number of units have been reported stolen in the city.
    Deputy Chief Dan Nicodemus said the Leavenworth Police Department has received about a dozen reports of thefts of air conditioners within the last week. He described the units that have been taken as condensers located outside of buildings.
    "People should check theirs and keep an eye on them," he said.
    He suggested people make sure their units haven't been tampered with. And he recommended reporting any suspicious activity right away.
    He said there could be additional thefts that have not yet been reported. Because people haven't been using their air conditioners during the winter, they may not have checked them recently.
    Nicodemus said most of the thefts have been reported at businesses and churches, but there was one reported at an apartment.
    "They're stealing the copper out of them," he said of the motive for the crimes.
    One of the reports involved the theft of three units from a church. The estimated value of these three units was $12,000.
    Nicodemus said the thefts have not been limited to one area of the city.
    "They're everywhere, all around town," he said.
    Lansing Police Chief Steve Wayman said these type of thefts so far have not been reported in Lansing.
    And Undersheriff Jim Sherley said the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office also has not been receiving reports of the theft of air-conditioning units.
    Leavenworth police don't have any leads in their investigation.
    "We'll welcome any information and assistance we can get from the public," Nicodemus said.
    The Leavenworth Police Department can be reached at 651-2260. The department also has a clue hotline, 682-CLUE or 682-2583.

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