MADISON COUNTY, Il (KMOV) – As the heart of summer approaches, thieves are targeting one of the most valuable items in a home: air conditioning.
The Madison County Sheriff’s office tells News 4 this has been an ongoing problem, but in recent weeks, it has become an epidemic.
More than 20 air conditioning units have been stolen just this calendar year; most in the Godfrey area.
Victims say they don’t understand the theft. They say these units take at least an hour to steal and are only worth $20-$30 when resold.
Police say it’s mainly unoccupied homes being targeted along with businesses that are clearly not open after hours.
The Sheriff’s Office also says based on interviews, they’re searching for a few vehicles they believe could be involved.