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Police are investigating the theft of copper out of Food City refrigeration units, left stored inside trailers behind a local store.
According to an incident report at the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, authorities were contacted Tuesday by Food City loss prevention. Investigators were told that employees had pulled several units out of the Church Hill location, placing them in a pair of rented trailers for storage.
When employees later went behind the store to check on the items, the trailers they had been stored in were missing. It was later learned that the property’s landlord had the trailers moved to another piece of land he owns.
At that property, located on Highway 126 in Kingsport, Food City personnel found the trailers. But the refrigeration units stored inside were stripped of their copper pipes used for cooling.
According to a police report, without the pipes the units are “useless.” The report listed Food City’s cost for replacement at $30,000. An estimated 200 pounds of copper was stolen.
Detectives are currently investigating the theft and charges are pending. Anyone with information is asked to contact the SCSO at (423) 279-7500, extension 249. Tips can also be submitted anonymously at www.scsotn.com.