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Appleton man identified as suspect in air conditioning unit thefts


APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - Police in Appleton and Menasha say they've identified the suspect behind the theft of numerous components from air conditioning units in the Fox Valley.

A 52-year-old Appleton man, who's on probation, admitted taking the control switches and throwing them away because he says he, "doesn't like air conditioning."

Businesses and homeowners have been reporting that components were taken from their air conditioning units recently. Police say the man didn't steal the components for the metals inside for re-sale, like is usually the case with these kinds of thefts.

Charges have been forwarded to the Outagamie County district attorney's office. Appleton Police Sgt. Dave Lund tells WTAQ that they are requesting restitution as part of the charges.

The man has not been arrested, but his probation agent is keeping a close eye on him. The suspect is on probation for numerous charges including robbery and disorderly conduct.

Anyone who has been victimized in a similar theft is asked to call their local police department.