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$33,000 worth of damages; copper theft at BISD
BEAUMONT - Thirty-three thousand dollars -- that's how much it is going to cost Beaumont residents to repair the air conditioning units at four Beaumont schools.
Copper thieves hit a head start school overnight.
This wide open gate was a 'red flag' to administrators arriving for work Wednesday morning at Bingman head start.
I can't believe someone has the heart or the nerve to do it, said Lisa Bolton.
Principal Lisa Bolton said someone's greed is forcing dedicated teachers to suffer in the heat, without air conditioning.
It's disheartening to know that someone is going to do, said Bolton.
Police say someone cut the lock to the gate to get at the chillers.
You can't just come in and start stripping wire from pipes, you gotta know what youre doing, said Sgt. Danny Moore.
Investigators say it 'had to take' more than one person to steal the copper.
If you make a mistake and you cut off wire thats hot, youre gonna have some issues, said Sgt. Moore.
They started by turning off the electricity, then cutting the copper wiring under the colored tape.
The thieves pulled the 'heavy duty copper wiring' from the pipes and took it with them.
The copper thieves targeted not just Bingman head start but also 3 other schools across the district including the Paul Brown Center, Vincent Middle School and Price Elementary.
In all, several hundred feet of copper wiring is missing from the schools.
Until workers can make repairs teachers will have to do without the air conditioning.
They're troopers and they'll come in the heat, so we'll be ready, said Bolton.
Teachers who are preparing for the start of school while police begin their search for the thieves that caused $33,000 in damage to four schools.
Call the BISD Police Department at 617-7001 if you have information about the copper theft at Bingman Head Start, The Paul Brown Center, Vincent Middle School, or Price Elementary.