FORT MYERS, Fla. - A Fort Myers cancer treatment center fell victim to copper thieves. Hundreds of dollars of damage was done to the office, even causing them to temporarily shutdown.
Hundreds of patients count on getting chemotherapy and other treatments at Florida Cancer Specialist. That battle was made even more difficult on Tuesday, after copper thieves left the office high and dry.
Thieves ripped apart the cancer center's power box, taking off with $950 worth of copper wires. The destruction left the office without a phone line or power to treat the 150 patients with scheduled appointments.
"It was a madhouse. But because we have four other offices in Lee County, we were able to switch people with critical appointments to one of our other offices," Dr. Michael Raymond of Florida Cancer Specialist said.
Wednesday, Florida Cancer Specialist was back in business, and trying to catch up with patients caught in the middle of the mess. While repairs are complete and only traces of the theft remain, doctors send a message to the copper crooks.
"Hope it was worthwhile. I mean, to them. Because they hurt a lot of people. They caused a lot of stress to a lot of people who are sick, fighting cancer, and don't need that extra stress," Raymond said Wednesday.
Lee County Sheriff's Office is investigating the crime. So far they've made no arrests.