Air conditioner copper thief caught by Oak Park police

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By Megan Dooley

Staff Reporter

A Cicero man, believed to be connected to a string of copper thefts in Oak Park, was arrested Wednesday.

According to Oak Park police summary reports, Henry W. Teska, 23, of the 5800 block of W. Roosevelt, was arrested for felony and misdemeanor theft and criminal damage to property for separate thefts that occurred at locations between the 1000 and 1100 blocks of Lyman.

Oak Park Deputy Chief Anthony Ambrose said the police are in the process of trying to connect Teska to a string of thefts in the village in which outdoor air-conditioning units were targeted for the copper inside. "The investigation is continuing," Ambrose said. "We're still interviewing the victims of other air conditioner thefts to see if we can charge him on additional counts."

There have been a total of seven thefts involving air-conditioning units reported to Oak Park police since April 15.

In one of the incidents, an observer spotted the offender in the backyard of a nearby residence, removing a copper condenser coil from an outdoor air-conditioning unit. The suspect then fled the scene on foot. Teska was picked up by police for matching the description of an offender in a similar theft in Berwyn and charged with misdemeanor theft there before being turned over to the Oak Park police. The suspect is also believed to be connected with similar crimes in Cicero.

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Juan C Vega from Cicero  

Posted: April 29th, 2011 3:46 PM

I just want to drop off a note. My ac compressor was recently destroyed and the cooper extracted. this happened on April 25th. I also live in Cicero on the 1300 block of S Central Ave, barely 4 block away from this thief's home. I'd like to know if you guys could give an advise on how to proceed to connect my incident with this case. because I'm pretty sure it has something to do with it. PS a police report was already placed. Thanks

Dan From RF  

Posted: April 24th, 2011 2:25 PM

NO WAY THAT IS MC COPPER! He laid down some sick tracks about copper theiving at some hip hop clubs I was at.

OP Resident  

Posted: April 22nd, 2011 10:17 PM

The rules and regulations that a pawn shop must follow should be the same for a scrape metal yard. These thieves have only a few options when they attempt to sell stolen property. Crackdown on the buyers. They are part of the problem. Jail time is warranted but restitution should be ordered.

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