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Sep 17, 2013 12:05 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Police: Thieves Targeting Air Conditioning Units In Remsenburg, Westhampton

Sep 17, 2013 12:52 PM

Twenty air conditioning condenser units were stolen from outside homes in Remsenburg and Westhampton over the past two weeks, and Southampton Town Police think that the thefts could be related.

The string of robberies, which occurred between September 1 and this past Sunday, began with seven units reported stolen from two houses—one on Cedar Lane in Remsenburg and the other on Willowood Court in Westhampton. Both year-round and seasonal homes have been targeted by the thieves, who frequently leave behind the metal casing and take the interior parts, which usually include copper piping.

“Being that there’s an uptick, I suspect that there are probably some of the same individuals committing the thefts,” Southampton Town Police Chief Robert Pearce said on Tuesday, adding that many of the units are being broken down and sold off to scrap dealers in the area.

The most recent report came from a Remsenburg man who said three Armstrong Air cooling units, with a total value of $5,500, were stolen from his property sometime between September 7 and Sunday. The man told police the units were stolen from the south side of his Ring Neck Road home, and he suspects they were taken for their copper parts.

Also in Remsenburg, a Stores Lane man reported that two condensers, valued at $3,000 each, were stolen from his home between September 3 and 11, and a Cedar Lane woman told police that three $4,500 Mitsubishi units were stolen from her home between September 3 and 10. A Remsen Lane man also reported that a Goodman condenser unit valued at $3,000 went missing between 1 and 4 p.m. on September 8.

Additionally, a pool service employee reported that two units were stolen from a home on Cedar Lane in Remsenburg between 6:30 and 7:09 p.m. on September 9. The worker said the metal casings were left behind but the interior parts were taken. The two condensers, a Lennox and a TFC, were valued at $3,000 each, according to police.

And in Westhampton, a Fiddler Crab Trail woman told police that a $2,000 condenser was stolen from outside her house between August 26 and September 10, while a North Quarter Road man told authorities that someone took apart a condenser on the south side of his house and removed its internal parts and copper piping. The victim said the unit was worth $1,100.

Burglar Assaults Man,
Steals Victim’s Money

A Westhampton man told Southampton Town Police that while he was asleep at around 11 p.m. on September 9, someone entered his Stewart Avenue home through an unlocked door and stole between $900 and $1,000 in cash from a pair of shorts lying on his bedroom floor.

The man told officers that he woke up and tried to stop the intruder, whom he described as an acquaintance, but the man punched the victim in the face and a fight ensued. The burglar was eventually able fend off the victim and escape with the money.

The victim did not require medical attention, according to authorities. Police are investigating.

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i'm sure they are reclaiming the Freon as per the law when they steal the units too. probably just blowing the charge and depleting the ozone some more.
By ArnoldZiffel (3), on Sep 17, 13 12:49 PM
“"Being that there’s an uptick, I suspect that there are probably some of the same individuals committing the thefts,” Southampton Town Police Chief Robert Pearce said". Just an "uptick"? How many A/C units are stolen in a typical 2-week period?
By Funbeer (273), Southampton on Sep 17, 13 1:52 PM
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> "The man told officers that he woke up and tried to stop the intruder, whom he described as an acquaintance ... Police are investigating."

Why aren't they ARRESTING?
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Sep 17, 13 4:36 PM
Perhaps there is more to the story. It would appear to be so as the bad guy also stole a pair of shorts.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Sep 18, 13 2:35 PM
Let the EPA have these guys. Not just theft of property, and sale of stolen goods, but tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for releasing refrigerant.

BTW, R12 (Freon) has not been in use for well over a decade. I say that because after '92 you were allowed to finish your supply. Condensing units these days are often charged with refrigerants like 134a which uses the DuPont trade name Suva, not Freon.

It seems with the products of our genius, ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Sep 18, 13 12:35 PM
Well that's not cool.
By Moneybogue (37), Westhampton Beach on Sep 18, 13 1:49 PM
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Rather intemperate indeed . . .
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Sep 18, 13 2:16 PM