CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Cape Coral Police have arrested one suspect in the theft of multiple copper coils from the air conditioning units at Christ Lutheran School on Del Prado Boulevard. Richard Terry Evans (DOB: 03/05/1989) was charged with Grand Theft and Dealing in Stolen Property after he sold the coils for scrap at a local scrap yard.
On August 13 at 8:41 a.m., Cape Coral Police responded to a reported theft at Christ Lutheran Church located at 2911 Del Prado Boulevard South. According to the James Redecker, he received a call from his head custodian who said that several of their a/c unit coils were missing. Redecker found that five of the eight units at the school were missing their copper coils. The cost to repair and replace the coils is estimated at about $20,000.
Cape Coral Police Detective Tony Goliszeski contacted a local scrap yard to find out if any a/c coils had been sold for scrap. Detective Goliszeski determined that Evans and another suspect stole the a/c coils from the church, dismantled and cut them up for scrap. The two suspects took the scrap coils to Garden Street Recyclers in Cape Coral and sold them for more than $300, claiming they were the rightful owners.
Evans voluntarily came to the Cape Coral Police Headquarters yesterday where he confessed to the crimes. He was arrested and transported to the Lee County Jail. The investigation is continuing.