Copper theft leaves kids sweating

Boys and Girls Club

June 1, 2011 3:00:53 PM PDT
For the third time in three years, someone has stolen the copper out of an air conditioning unit at the John Avery Boys and Girls Club in Durham.

The scrap value of the copper is just a few dollars, but the thefts cost the club thousands to repair.

"In this particular circumstance, you know they had to get an extension ladder to get on the roof, so they went through a whole lot of extra work to steal copper. So, they were pretty desperate," offered Curtis Morris with Lee Air Conditioners.

The club moved the A/C unit to the roof after the last theft in an attempt to deter theft. Now, it's looking at adding a cage and surveillance cameras.

"I think that's one of the worst things you can do is steal from children. It's not stealing from me, it's not stealing from my coworkers or John Avery Boys and Girls Club, you're stealing from our kids," said Development Director Robin Temple.

While the A/C is being fixed, the club is moving about 30 kids to another building and giving them plenty of liquids to prevent dehydration.

"We're brainstorming as a staff, finding ways to keep the kids cool. So we're thinking about getting an ice cream truck here, contracting a slide that has the water, just having a water day basically with water balloons," said Temple.

To donate to help pay for the cost of the repair, click here to visit the club's website.

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