CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - Some thieves in Chesterfield have been doing some heavy lifting, recently. At least 21 HVAC units have been stolen in the last ten days and police say the crimes are likely all connected.
Roger James came to work Saturday to find his kitchen and bath business heating up. Inside, temperatures were reaching up to 92 degrees. So, he did what anybody would do.
"When I walked around Saturday to take a look at the units just to see what I could find, I came across this, as I realized what the error message meant on the thermostat, it means your units have been stolen," said James, owner of Better Kitchens & Baths.
He called the police and found out he wasn't the only victim. All the HVAC units from his neighboring businesses were stolen too.
At least 21 HVAC units were stolen recently.
The string of crimes started Thursday. Police say, the 14400 block of Justice Road was hit first. Then on Friday it was the 7700 block of Pocoshock; Saturday, the 7600 block of Hull Street and Sunday, the 13500 block of East Boundary.
"With that quantity taken in that short period of time, it would lead us to believe the same suspects are involved," said Lt. Chris Hensley.
Police say, those suspects did it all in the middle of the night. For James, his insurance company quoted his loss at about $12,000 for the three units he had. It's been sweltering in his show room, so he's kept customers away and even told some of his employees to stay home.
"It's not the worst time of year for the heat, but the economy has been tough for all of us businesses who have been able to survive to this point to have something like this happen, it's just definitely tough," James.