Gainesville Daily Register

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January 26, 2011

Police arrest 2 for AC theft

Gainesville — Gainesville Police arrested two men Monday night in connection with an air conditioner theft at a local church.

Randall Claude Bryant, 49, and Sean Claude Bryant, 25, were arrested on felony warrants in the 900 block of South Clements St around 9:45 p.m. Monday night, Gainesville Police Public Information Officer Belva McClinton said in a news release.

The warrants were issued in connection with the January 20 theft of an air conditioner condenser unit at Calvary Baptist Church.

Thefts involving copper, aluminium and other precious metals have been on the increase in Cooke County for weeks.

In some cases, suspects remove large amounts of copper wire, burn off the insulation and sell the metal as scrap, Cooke County Sheriff Mike Compton noted in a story published in the Sunday edition of the Register.

Copper scrap can bring up to $4 a pound at metal recycling companies.

McClinton noted that the police department continues to investigate other cases involving the thefts of copper, aluminum, brass.

In addition to the Calvary Baptist theft, suspects have stolen wire and removed air conditioners at several other Gainesville churches and businesses including the Cooke County Farm Bureau and Gainesville Bible Church.

The damage at Gainesville Bible Church totaled $15,000, according to a Gainesville Police Department public information report.

McClinton said the thefts often happen in isolated areas but noted the public can help “by calling the police department if they notice anything suspicious in their neighborhoods or around their businesses.”

Anyone with information on the above incidents may call the Gainesville Police Department at 668-7777 or the anonymous Crime Tips Hotline at 612-0000. To report suspected crimes anywhere in the county, contact the Cooke County Sheriff’s Department at 665-3471 or the Crime Stoppers hotline at (800) 388-8477.

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