By Ralph Iannotti

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Police are investigating a rash of thefts involving commercial and residential air conditioners and air conditioner parts.

Over the weekend, someone stole part of an air conditioner from Billy’s Bistro Restaurant on Lowrie Street.

The restaurant owner tells KDKA-TV that neither the compressor, nor motor were stolen, however, the parts taken mean he’ll have to shell out $4,000 or $5,000 next spring to get a new air conditioner.

Parts of three air conditioners were stolen from in front of the VFW Hall.

“They stole parts, copper tubing, basically destroying it,” Sam Dunzuso, of the VFW, told KDKA-TV.

Fliers have been distributed warning people to be on the lookout for the thief or thieves. Homeowners have also reported recent thefts.

Pat Cordell, and her retired police husband, Steve, say their outdoor air conditioner was targeted twice this past week.

The air conditioner raiders first took out the copper and wire. Then they returned a few days later and stole the cover, probably to sell for scrap metal.

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