Metal thieves remove A/C units from 2 Phoenix schools

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Phoenix police are asking for the public's help to identify two metal thieves who are targeting the Roosevelt School District.

Officer James Holmes said the suspects have removed several air-conditioning units from two of the district's elementary schools since August.

A video surveillance system captured a portion of an Oct. 12 theft at Rose Linda Elementary School near Broadway Road and 12th Street. Holmes said the suspects burglarized the school and removed several air conditioners.

One suspect is described as a Caucasian or Hispanic male, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 165 pounds. The other is described as a Caucasian or Hispanic male, 5 feet 7 inches tall and 145 pounds. Both suspects were wearing dark clothing.

Holmes said the estimated loss, damage and repair costs exceed $1 million.

Anyone who recognizes the suspects is asked to contact police at 602-262-6151 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.