CREATED Jul. 8, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Homeowners on the east side of the Valley said someone is stealing air conditioning units from their neighborhood.
One unit in the Desert Inn Mobile Estates II near Desert Inn Road and Cabana Drive has some wiring and tubing left. Neighbors said thieves stole the rest.
"If you see something you feel is suspicious call the office, call security," said homeowner Ray Taylor.
Taylor said he is a block captain for the neighborhood watch who has lived in the community for roughly 14 years.
"We're senior and they feel we're a little slow and unable to go across the street and question them," Taylor said of the thief.
At least nine units have been stolen or ripped apart in the last six weeks as temperatures soared, said homeowners association president Barbara Bray. She told Action News over the phone she believes whoever is responsible is trying to cash in on copper. Bray said some of the targeted homes are unoccupied. Neighbors are on the lookout.
"I don't leave the house that much but when I do, I try to watch the people next door and the ones in front of me," said neighbor George Russell.
The HOA is doing everything it can to stop the crimes, including posting signs to alert residents of the issue and boosting security, said Bray.
"Hopefully, we can put a lid on it now that everyone's aware," said Taylor.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is not aware of any significant air conditioning thefts in the neighborhood, but property owners may not have reported the crimes to police yet, said officer Larry Hadfield, police spokesman.
Bray said she believes the crimes are taking place at night. Neighbors have a tough message for whoever is responsible.
"We're gonna get ya," said Taylor. "It's not right."
Police recommend installing barriers or fencing around the units, if possible, said Hadfield. The police spokesman said air conditioning thefts have been an on-going problem throughout the valley.
Police also encouraged property owners to report crimes so they can be investigated.
Action News checked in with a local recycling yard. An employee said people with knowledge of the units can dismantle or remove them in as little as ten minutes. Once removed, the materials are tough to track and are sometimes cashed in for as little as $10, the employee said.