Local daycare gets copper piping stolen
FORT LAUDERDALE (WSVN) -- A South Florida daycare turned into a crime scene when a crook ripped off the air conditioning unit and got away with what was inside for the second time in a week.
Thieves looking for valuable copper piping connecting the air conditioning unit of the Prophecy Child Care Center at 611 Northwest 24th Avenue, was sawed off and taken. Pastor Leonard Robinson said, "I couldn't believe that somebody would come and do this to a daycare, where the children have to be protected with the air." He added, "It's really, really depressing to know that we serve the community, we serve everybody in the area, and they turn around and just do what they are doing to us."
It had not been 24 hours since the new copper piping was installed when the thieves came and cut open the foam tubes of the AC and stole almost 40 feet of copper piping leading down to the unit.
The Broward County Sheriff's Office said these robbers are just looking for quick cash. "They'll remove the wire, and they'll trade that with second hand dealers, recyclers, who are currently paying just a little over $3 for a pound of copper," said Broward Sheriff's Office deputy Christian Silva.
Thirty pounds of copper was stolen, but it cost the preschool $2,000 to replace the piping, just to see it stolen again. "It was just so welcoming again to have it here just to find out, this morning, it was no longer there," said Pastor Robinson.
Even though the preschool cannot afford to replace the piping again, it's a necessity they cannot afford to go without. "But, either way, it goes, we must replace it. We must replace it," said Pastor Robinson.
The Pastor says he needs the community to help bring these guys to justice. If you have any information on this theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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