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Copper thieves hit charity again

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 10:12pm

Metal flailing in the wind and cut wires remains where several air conditioning units should be outside the future site of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

Thieves cut out the core of the units and took what they needed, in search of the copper inside.

"They took the copper coil out," said Mike Manning, president and CEO Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. "Trying to sell the copper."

For the second time since December, the food bank warehouse has been hit by thieves for copper. First, they stole copper wiring from inside the building and sometime this week three air conditioner units were stolen.

"We kind of hope this will be the end of it," Manning said.

Insurance will probably help, but the two burglaries could wind-up costing the food bank, lots of money, that could be spent to better serve those in need.

The food bank hasn't even moved into the warehouse located in an industrial area on Choctaw Drive. They hear they're not the only victims of this crime of opportunity.

Baton Rouge Police said they have no suspects in this case.

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