Two days after she reported her central air conditioning had been stolen, a 79-year old woman in Texas died from heat-related causes.
The woman’s air conditioning unit sat on the ground outside her house and was only protected by a cage with a lock on it. The most recent theft was at least the third time robbers were after her a/c.
Her neighbor said the area was frequently targeted by air conditioning thieves and the units frequently end up at nearby pawnshops. “You don’t have to walk inside [pawnshops] to ask ‘em if they have them,” he told CBS DFW. “You drive by it and they’re sitting right up front; central air conditioning units and regular window units.”
Perhaps there should be some kind of VIN for air conditioners as a way to cut down on the unauthorized resell market.
Air conditioners are also targeted for the copper inside, which can be easily resold for cash.