Anonymous supplier offers to help daycare center targeted by copper thieves

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thieves showed no mercy or regard for their victims when they tore apart air conditioning units on Thursday and then returned over the weekend to tear up the ones originally left untouched.

The victims are children, since the air conditioning units cool the George Washington Carver Child Development Center, located at 4328 Jackson Ave., in Kansas City, Mo.

On Thursday, the thief or thieves cut open a fence and stripped the copper out of three air conditioning units. Over the weekend, someone returned and gutted the two remaining units.

The center said it doesn’t have the money to replace the units.

Albert Smith with Right Temp Heating and Cooling has friends at the daycare. He said if the daycare can find the funds to purchase new units, he’d provide free labor. But, he worries about thieves returning to do it again once the new units are in. The daycare may also need to improve its security features.

Smith estimates the copper was only worth about $150, but the units were worth thousands.

“Disaster,” Smith said. “I mean, they come in here, quick, fast, in a hurry and just destroyed it. They took what they needed. I mean, not only the first time, but the second time. Just destroyed it. Nothing’s salvageable.”

Smith hopes the community will come through for the kids who attend the center.

“I sweat all day long. I can’t imagine being the kids sitting inside,” Smith said.

While Smith has offered to provide the labor, an anonymous supplier offered to provide the equipment for $6,000. Original estimates put the price at $13,000. Those interested in donating money to help pay for the equipment can call the daycare at (816) 921-5564.

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