Thousands in damages for $100 in copper

A Jonesboro Police Department patrol car. Photo by Stan Morris.

JONESBORO, Ark. – A 2.5 ton heat and air unit was destroyed by criminals looking to scrap copper wiring from the unit.

It happened sometime around Feb. 9, the incident report with Jonesboro police filed on Wednesday said. The building, Franklin Financial Mortgage on East Matthews, reported extensive damage to the heat and air unit, with an unknown suspect cutting copper lines from the outside causing the entire system extensive damage.

The suspect(s) face a felony mischief charge for causing $3,600 in damage to the heat and air unit, along with a misdemeanor theft charge for the copper wire stolen.

Anyone with information may contact the Crime Stoppers hot line at 935-STOP (870-935-7867). Tips can earn cash but may also be submitted anonymously.

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