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Burglars hit construction site, steal A/C units

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Ardrie Lewis says he locked everything down Sunday afternoon at a Shreveport construction site, but when he returned Monday morning he found someone had broken through the front gate, kicked in doors and left crowbar marks on the door frames.

Within moments, he realized three of the eight air conditioning units are missing. Thieves stole the outdoor units and busted down doors on the future low-income housing to get the inside counterparts.

"It's just a shame," Lewis said. "It's a shame to see something gone like this because that new housing in the area was going to help upgrade the whole area. Now it's slowing it down."

Urban Housing of America is building the 2-bedroom homes in the 1900 block of Alston St.

He estimates each unit is worth about $3,000 but total damage could add to more than $10,000.

The thief of thieves also took a water heater from one of the units, drained all the water from it on the wooden floor panels but didn't take it with them. Lewis says they may not have had the time or space in a vehicle to take it with them.

Shreveport Police say they received a report about the theft Monday morning and are investigating the crime but do not have suspects or leads at this time.

If you have information on the Allendale thefts, call Shreveport-Caddo Parish CrimeStoppers at (318) 673-7373.

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