AC Units Targeted in String of Thefts
April 28, 2014
Real estate professionals and home owners are sounding the alarm in Myrtle Beach, S.C. about air conditioning units being stolen from the yards of local homes. The thieves are reportedly targeting homes with for-sale signs and then, during broad daylight, backing trucks up to the AC units and stealing them.
"Thieves are targeting homes for sale that they think are vacant and taking the unit right off the pads," says Bradley Parker with Sloan Realty, who says air conditioning units have been ripped out about five times in one area. "An AC unit on the side of the house is a big item, it is very noticeable if someone pulls up next to a house and tries to take it.”
Parker has sent an e-mail blast to other real estate professionals in the area to alert them, and to urge agents and home owners to write down license plates if any suspects are spotted.
An AC unit can cost up to $5,000 to replace.
Source: “Thieves Taking AC Units From Homes for Sale, REALTOR® Says,” WMBF-News (April 26, 2014)
Updated: November 23, 2020