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Air conditioning units, components stolen from homes

COVINGTON - More than $28,000 worth of air conditioning units and accompanying components have been stolen from seven homes under construction recently.

Deputies responded to the area of Ascott Trace and Hanley Mill Drive on March 11 after receiving a call from the builder of the residences, according to Newton County Sheriff's Office incident reports completed by deputies Darrell Odom and Marlon Pollard.

The victim said that the thieves took air conditioning units and line sets out of the attics or basements of four new homes on Ascott Trace. The perpetrators also stole a refrigerator and stove out of one of the houses.

Three of the builders' homes on Hanley Mill Drive had also been broken into and had their air conditioning units removed.

According to Lt. Mark Mitchell, spokesman for the NCSO, the theft of air conditioning units from new homes has become a "big problem" and added that there would be increasing patrols in areas that have been plagued with these types of burglaries. He also encourages people in the community who see any suspicious activity to notify authorities immediately.

"We definitely want people in the community, if they see something suspicious, to call us," he said.

Authorities ask anyone with information about these thefts or who notice any suspicious activity to call the NCSO at 678-625-1403. Tips can be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through their Web at www.newtonsheriffga.org by clicking on "anonymous tip line." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.

Joel Griffin can be reached at joel.griffin@newtoncitizen.com.