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AC units stolen from Miramar shopping plaza

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The Plaza Diner at the Miramar Parkway Plaza. The Plaza Diner at the Miramar Parkway Plaza.
Plaza Diner owner Catharina Georgiadis Plaza Diner owner Catharina Georgiadis
Dr. Chris Rudolph owns a chiropractic office at the plaza. Dr. Chris Rudolph owns a chiropractic office at the plaza.

MIRAMAR, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police are seeking the public's help in locating the thieves who stole three air conditioning units at a South Florida shopping plaza, setting back small business owners thousands of dollars in damages.

Among those affected by the theft at the Miramar Parkway Plaza, located on Miramar Parkway and University Drive, was Catharina Georgiadis, the owner of the Plaza Diner. "I came in this morning opened up like regular, went outside and I noticed the two AC units were all gutted out," she said.

Georgiadis then broke the news of the theft to Dr. Chris Rudolph, who owns a chiropractic office in the same plaza. "Today we're open and, obviously, I can't see patients if I have no air conditioning," he said. "We had to cancel our appointments today."

Rudolph said forcing to close his office has an immediate impact, both on his practice and his patients. "It's a real shame that people come out here and do things like this," he said. "It affects us ... now it will cost us money to try and get a new unit, but we lose a day in the office and, who knows, even more later."

The unit from a nail salon at the plaza was also stolen. Police said the theft took place sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning.

Both the salon and the diner remained open, but Georgiadis said customers at the diner complained a portable AC unit and fans were not enough to fight the rising temperatures. "It's too much heat, you know? It's the middle of the summer right now, and we're losing business already just today," she said. "We've seen it on the news all the time, you know, about people stealing air units for copper."

Miramar Police are investigating. They said the businesses are looking at a $9,000 loss.

The youngest member of the Georgiadis family issued a special request. "Please pray for the Plaza Diner, and please help us find the people that stole our air conditioners," said the young girl.

Investigators said there were no surveillance cameras in the area, so they are relying on tips from people in the community.

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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