Thieves take $17K in coils

CONYERS -- It will take approximately $17,000 to replace the damaged heating and air conditioning units from a local business this week after the units' coils were stolen.

An employee at Stone Mountain Tool on Gees Mill Business Court called the Conyers Police Department when he reported to work at the store's opening Wednesday morning to find the heat not working.

The employee told authorities the heat was working when the store closed at 6:30 p.m. the previous evening.

The three outside heating and air units had been taken apart and the heating coils were gone, according to the incident report.

Copper pipes were cut and metal frame pieces were scattered on the ground, with one piece near the woods.

CPD officers think blood may have been left on the top of one of the units. Investigators took pictures at the scene, which included a shoeprint that was found on top of one of the unit's compressors.