Holts Summit investigating rash of air conditioning thefts

Outdoor air conditioning units like these have been the targets of a recent string of thefts in Holts Summit and elsewhere in Callaway County. Thieves steal compressors, copper piping and other valuable components, and the Holts Summit Police Department is turning to the public for tips.

Outdoor air conditioning units like these have been the targets of a recent string of thefts in Holts Summit and elsewhere in Callaway County. Thieves steal compressors, copper piping and other valuable components, and the Holts Summit Police Department is turning to the public for tips. Photo by Dean Asher.

Investigators with the Holts Summit Police Department are asking for the public’s help in solving a string of air conditioning component thefts that have plagued the city over the past few months.

Throughout the months of August and September, at least six north and central Holts Summit residents reported the compressors were stolen out of the outdoor portion of their central air conditioning units at night. HSPD would like community assistance in solving these crimes.

Detective Mark Beardsley, who is heading the investigation, said the combined total value of the parts is $11,000.

“I don’t know if they’re scrapping them or if they’re selling them to private parties,” said Beardsley. “That’s why I’m asking for the public’s help on this.”

For other law enforcement agencies in the county, partial or total air conditioning theft is a recurring and not-uncommon crime. The Fulton Police Department have had at least one reported incident involving the theft of an air conditioner from a home on Oak Street, while officials with the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office have said there have been three thefts in September.

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