ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL -- Thieves looking for quick cash left some business owners without air conditioning in the sweltering July heat.
Someone stole copper wiring from five air conditioning units at a shopping center on Lennard Road.
The theft happened sometime early Sunday morning but business owners didn't discover the crime until later in the day.
The stores quickly heated up, cooking inventory and making work impossible.
Businesses here are still recovering from Tropical Storm Fay, which flooded the area ten months ago.
Now they're spending money to fix the AC units and add better security, all because a few thieves wanted some easy money.
"You need to get a job," says Jim Warden, general manager of Design-A-Sign. "I know times are tough, but there's got to be other ways to make money."
The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office notified scrap yards to be on the lookout for people trying to sell copper wiring.
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