Officers in Appleton and Menasha say they've been working together to crack the case. Businesses and homeowners have reported components being stolen from air conditioning units recently.
[caption id="attachment_45527" align="alignright" width="300"] An example of an air conditioning part that was stolen in the Fox Valley in June 2014. (Photo courtesy Appleton Police Dept.)[/caption]
Police say a 52-year-old Appleton man admitted taking the control switches and throwing them away. Charges are being forwarded to the district attorney's office for prosecution; police say they will request restitution as part of the charges. The man was not arrested.
Anyone who has been victimized in a similar theft is asked to call their local police department.