Metro Atlanta families are ‘hanging in there’ after their air conditioning units were stolen

ATLANTA — Theft of vehicles has doubled in the Zone 5 area Channel 2′s Matt Johnson learned.

With the recent heat wave, two metro Atlanta families are in limbo after a truck with their air conditioning units in them were stolen.

“We’re hanging in there,” Gretchen Miller said.

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It’s been three weeks since this air conditioning unit at Miller’s Atlanta home has been able to turn on.

“It’s challenging. But we’re making it work. We’ve got a few fans,” Miller said.

She says she wanted her dad to stay with her after the sudden death of her mom to COVID-19, but the heat wave became too much.

Now, it could be even more weeks until she has working air conditioning downstairs after someone stole the replacement unit.

“With supply chain issues right now, with COVID-19; the economy, I think it’s a sign of the times,” she said.

That unit never made it to her home last Tuesday.

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Thieves stole it and another condenser when they stole the repairman’s work truck on his way to install them.

“If you have it on your truck, you pay attention,” he said.

Joshua Yehuda says it happened at Johnstone Supply on 11th Street.

He went inside for some parts but came out to find his work truck for Iron Lion Maintenance with two new air conditioning units gone.

“They can visibly see just like this truck, that there were units on the truck,” Yehunda said. “That’s, that’s a good enough reason right there.”

He filed a report with Atlanta Police who are working to see if they can find any surveillance video.

Yehuda says he must have left a spare key in the car and thieves jumped at the chance to steal something that’s in short supply.

“Over the last year and half things are going up at least 20%,” Yehuda said.

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Miller says Yehuda is working with her home warranty to try and speed up the process so that her family can finally cool down.

“For him to kind of go the extra mile and really hang in there with me has been amazing,” she said.

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