Copper thieves targeting north Minneapolis air conditioners

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A hot commodity in Minneapolis these days.
Minneapolis copper scavengers have found a new target: air conditioners.

In the past two weeks, six air conditioners have been stolen or stripped in north Minneapolis, according to police. Since mid-November, 11 more were hit in south Minneapolis neighborhoods.

Though the target is new -- at least in Minneapolis -- the problem isn't. Copper theft is an ongoing crime in Minneapolis, which makes sense, given how the price of copper has continued to go up.

As of February 1, copper is selling for about $3.80 per pound, according to Kitco. In 2008, it sold for just over a buck per pound.

Police are urging residents to keep their air conditioners lit from dusk until dawn, and report any would-be copper thieves lurking in the shadows.

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air conditioner repair Dallas

Copper thieves are indeed after air conditioning units. Those individuals who own such equipment must ensure that their units are safe from these  thieves. Hopefully, the authorities can soon apprehend those who are involved in this illegal activity.

Ghoyfgh
Ghoyfgh

I live in n. Mpls n I just. Caught a black Guy in a black hoodie pounding on my ac. Nothing taken. But my neighbors’ ac got destroyed. Just happened this past Thursday at 5am. I always have my outside lights on but this "thief" unscrewed them. Honestly I would've shot him.

David Banks
David Banks

My neighbor is a black woman.  We both live out in Fridley.  She rents the duplex out next door.  She doesn't work, and she has 6 kids.  She drives an Escalade. She has people over every weekend.  And she has a huge A/C unit outside.

I work for a living and I cannot afford to have A/C.   

PepperLuv
PepperLuv

You are a liar. This is so ridiculous.

David Foureyes
David Foureyes

No she doesn't, because you're fucking lying because we know who you are and know you're a liar. Stop lying, liar, and go to school so you can stop bitching about how shitty your shitty life is. Seems to me the asshole with the internet budget and can afford the time all day to complain about minorities on multiple websites, can also afford a $200 appliance.

Jason Dorweiler
Jason Dorweiler

What the? I suppose misconceptions just grow so easily when you know nothing of the truth or certain neighborhoods and people. I know most people are probably scared of north side, but maybe you should go check out a restaurant or just drive around for a bit and get to know your surroundings. Maybe even strike up a conversation with someone. 

Jody
Jody

If I drive around "a bit" in that neighborhood, I'll probably get hit with a stray bullet.  If I strike up a conversation with someone, they will either rob me, rape me, or, if they are nice, "axe" for yet another handout.  Sorry...you can have your North Minneapolis.  I won't be visiting anytime soon.

Jason
Jason

You are correct.  However, drive-by shootings, gang activities, and drug dealing don't happen on the "mean streets" of Woodbury.  Woodbury may be "boring" to most of you city dwellers, but once you have children, you want them to have a safe place to go to school and live.  Sorry, but if I had a choice to send my daughter to an elementary school in Woodbury or one in North Minneapolis, I think I (as well as the majority of parents) would rather have their children go to school in Woodbury.  At least I wouldn't have to worry about my daughter getting hit by a stray bullet while she was walking to the bus stop. 

Last month, if I can remember, a little boy was killed by a stray bullet in North Minneapolis, but he was not out in the streets, he was in his own home.  I'm sorry, but things like these don't happen out in Woodbury.  

Jody
Jody

North Minneapolis is a great place to raise a child.  It is full of diversity and your child will get to see and learn things that they never would in Woodbury.  Such as how to execute a  drive-by shooting, how to rob a liquor store, how to "pimp out hoes", how to work the welfare system, and generally how to hate "whitey".  A great neighborhood indeed!

Jason
Jason

Why do the blacks in North Minneapolis commit so many crimes?  I mean, they already get "Welfaya" and EBT cards......why do they need to steal someone's AC?  Someone worked hard for that AC unit.  I would be pissed if someone stole my AC!!!!  But then, I live in Woodbury, so I don't have to worry about that.    

PepperLuv
PepperLuv

Ignorance is a hell of a drug.

Shaun
Shaun

Yes, Jason.  Crime only occurs in North Minneapolis and only by black people.  

Jody
Jody

It is racist to say that black people commit crimes.  Not all black people commit crimes.  Only 95% of them do.

jody
jody

Tonight I was on the bus ride home from work, and a black guy on the 14 bus (Broadway Ave.-ghetto bus) said to me, "Can I axe you something?".  I said no.  I don't want to be axed.

PepperLuv
PepperLuv

What does this have to do with the article? SMH

Sam I am.
Sam I am.

Crack doesn't grow on trees, ya know.  Gotta find some way to pay for it........

David Foureyes
David Foureyes

Shut up.

Sam I am.
Sam I am.

I know its sometimes hard to face the truth, but I highly doubt the people who are stealing these copper wires are selling them and using the money for college tuition.

David Foureyes
David Foureyes

Sorry, I think I may not have been clear. Let's try this again:

Shut. Up.

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