17 central air conditioning units stolen in La Crosse area
Units stolen from churches, businesses
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Seventeen central air conditioning units were stolen from La Crosse area churches and businesses in a little more than a week.
La Crosse police said the thieves have been cutting power and refrigerant lines and removing the entire central air conditioning unit. Police believe the units are being disassembled and the metal is being salvaged.
The air conditioning units weigh more than 150-pounds, so a truck or large type of vehicle is likely being used to haul them, police said.
La Crosse businesses that have reported thefts:
November 2 – Christ Covenant Church, 3630 County Road B – 2 A/C condenser coils
November 9 – Coulee Rock Community Church, 3059 Medco Ct – 3 A/C Units
November 10 – NAPA Store, 2020 Hwy 16 – 2 A/C units
November 10 – PM Sleep Center, 2006 Hwy 16 – 5 A/C units
November 13 – Girl Scout Office, 2710 Quarry Rd – 2 A/C Units
November 13 – Boy Scout Office, 2600 Quarry Rd – 3 A/C units
La Crosse police want the public, especially business owners, to be aware of these thefts. If you have a security system at your business, La Crosse police are asking you to review any footage to look for any suspicious vehicles or people. If you don;t have a security system, police highly encourage you to invest in one for inside and outside of your business.
If you have any information about the suspects involved in these thefts, call La Crosse Police Investigator Tony DeLap at (608) 789-7216.
Information can also be reported anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at (608) 784-TIPS (8477) or by texting “LAXTIPS plus your message” to 274637 (CRIMES). You can also use the online Web Tip Form.