Air conditioning units worth $40,000+ stolen from Winston-Salem church, school


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police are searching for a man wanted in connection with the theft of over $40,000 worth of air conditioning units stolen from a Winston-Salem church and school over the past several months.

Between Aug. 6 and Aug. 9, the suspect stole two industrial Trane AC units from the Quality Education Institute. Each unit was valued at $10,000 each. On Aug. 10, another smaller Trane unit was stolen from the same location. The unit was valued at $5,000.

On Aug. 11, the suspect stole two additional large Trane units from the same location. Each unit is valued at $10,000.

Also in August, Greater Cleveland Avenue Christian Church, which is located across the street, reported that someone tampered with their three units and stole small copper components off the units resulting in “several thousand dollars in damage.”

Between Oct. 13 and Oct. 16, someone stole two brand new air conditioning units from the same church. These units were purchased to replace the units damaged in August.

On Nov. 11, security cameras installed at the Quality Education Institute captured the suspect stealing another air conditioning unit valued at $10,000.

In the video, a male is shown carrying away the entire unit “piece by piece.”

The suspect is described as a male 25-40 years old, 140-175 pounds. In the video, he is shown wearing a light doo rag, light vinyl jacket, blue jeans and black and white shoes.

Anyone with information about the incident can contact Winston-Salem Police at 727-2800

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