Copper thieves targeting north Minneapolis air conditioners

A hot commodity in Minneapolis these days.

A hot commodity in Minneapolis these days.

Minneapolis copper scavengers have found a new target: air conditioners.

In the past two weeks, six air conditioners have been stolen or stripped in north Minneapolis, according to police. Since mid-November, 11 more were hit in south Minneapolis neighborhoods.

Though the target is new -- at least in Minneapolis -- the problem isn't. Copper theft is an ongoing crime in Minneapolis, which makes sense, given how the price of copper has continued to go up.


As of February 1, copper is selling for about $3.80 per pound, according to Kitco. In 2008, it sold for just over a buck per pound.

Police are urging residents to keep their air conditioners lit from dusk until dawn, and report any would-be copper thieves lurking in the shadows.