|Published:||May 11, 2011 11:21 PM EDT|
|Updated:||May 11, 2011 8:21 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla - Cape police are launching directed patrols along the Pine Island Corridor and other northern parts of the city.
Patrol officers are targeting theses specific areas because a number of businesses have had their air conditioners stolen.
Thieves looking for the copper wiring have hit abandoned buildings and at least six businesses in the last few days, including the Kiwanis Thrift Store on Del Prado Boulevard North.
The charity organization says it'll cost about ten grand to replace its AC unit.
"I'm just amazed someone would rip off a charity. I know times are tough. But there are lines somewhere," said Sam Huber, President of the Cape Coral Kiwanis Club.
The office building next door to the thrift store had three of its AC units ripped apart and gutted for the copper.
Cape police launch directed patrols based on crime trends.
They say the more patrols in the area, a better chance to catch the suspect.
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