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Condensers stolen from rooftop HVAC units at IBR strip mall

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Chesterton Police are investigating the removal last weekend of copper condensers from the HVAC units on the roof of the strip mall at 560 Indian Boundary Road.

All of the businesses in that building were victimized, police said: Pella, Cigarette Discount Outlet, McColly Real Estate, and Fiesta Salons.

According to police, sometime between 9:15 p.m. Saturday, April 14, and 7:45 a.m. Sunday, April 15, someone accessed the roof of the building, then used something like a cordless reciprocating saw to remove five of the six condensers, which police estimated as weighing between 60 and 100 pounds each.

The theft was discovered by a repairman, called to service one of the business’ HVAC units when employees reported cold temperatures inside the building.

“Given current Chicago area scrap copper prices varying between $1.04 and $2.55 a pound, the thief or thieves may have netted roughly $300 on the low end, assuming a low value and low poundage, up to around $1,300, if they weighed closer to 100 pounds and netted the highest price of $2.55 a pound,” police said. “Given that five units need to be replaced and one needs repair, the total loss could range from $10,000 to $15,000.”

This incident is the third copper theft reported in the last 10 days in Duneland. This week and last the Porter County Sheriff’s Police investigated the theft of condensers from A/C units at a cell tower in Pine Township and one in Liberty Township as well as the theft of tools from a work trailer at a cell tower in Jackson Township.



Posted 4/20/2018





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