"Hello?," I answered the phone.
"When was the last time you were over at your vacant rental house?" the familiar voice asked. "Your outside air conditioning unit has been stolen and so has mine!"
It was the next door neighbor that owns a rental house next to me. His and mine are currently advertised for rent.
He proceeded to tell me that his outside unit was gone, so, knowing that my rental was empty also, he walked over to the back yard of my house.
Sure, enough, someone had opened the top of the unit, and cut the coils out of the system. They left the fan motor, the outsides and everything else.
I had heard about this happening, but I didn't expect it to happen to me!
"I'm calling the police to file a report, do you want me to tell them about yours too?"
"I'll be right over," I said.
We filed the reports with the police.
We called our friend that installs the air conditioning systems on our rentals. He told my husband that we were about the 30th person that had called him this year, that have gotten the coils stolen out of their air conditioning system. The system is no good without them, so it requires a new outside unit.
He said that the thieves are scrapping the coils for the aluminum and copper out of them. They are getting about $35 per coil at the scrap yard. They don't take the complete systems because they can't get enough money for the rest of the unit.
These thieves are also stealing copper and the coils out of commercial air conditioning systems at construction sites to take to the scrap yard.
So, be aware I have heard that this is going in various areas of Brevard County Florida right now. This is about the sixth instance of this I have heard in the last 3 months.
I just wanted to be sure to put the word out.