My boss, who just put his house on the market 2 weeks ago, is considering an offer that came in. Unfortunately, today his neighbor called to tell him that his air conditioning condenser unit was stolen over the weekend! That is horrible. I feel so bad for him. I did a quick google search and found this article. http://www.kvoa.com/news/criminals-target-air-conditioners-on-eastside/
I can't believe that this kind of theft made the news just last month and it was only a few miles from his house. Looks like the thieves are still at it. They target vacant homes for sale. The article says they can get $300 for the copper inside and it will cost $1500-$2000 for the home owner to replace. I had heard about this happening at businesses in town and stealing the wire for the ball park lighting in the parks but not at residential homes, at least not in Tucson.
If I ever buy an air conditioner I will have to buy one of those cages for it or put it on the roof if it will hold it. That's a long way off though. I don't have $4,500 to spend on an air conditioner at the moment.