SAVANNAH, GA ( June 9, 2011) A new trend in air conditioner thefts in the Savannah area has the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department  seeking the public’s assistance.


In the past three days two air conditioner unit thefts that may be related have been reported in churches and an office. Units have been reported stolen from the Skidaway Island Methodist Church and the  Isle of Hope Baptist Church . The Boy Scouts of America office was targeted on Tuesday


Police are investigating the possibility that  buildings that are usually unoccupied and in outlying areas and possibly churches specifically are being targeted. 


Air  conditioners are targeted for the copper inside and the rest of the metal is sold for scrap. Police are urging citizens to be proactive and secure their units and to be aware of unusual activity around buildings,  houses and apartments that may be unoccupied at various times.


Police will be stepping up patrol on churches and building in outlying areas. Meanwhile, citizens who see suspicious activity are asked to call police as soon as possible.


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