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RPD arrests suspect in conjunction with A/C thefts

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Parts discovered at suspect's home, police say

By Sarah Bennett

Radcliff Police Department apprehended a suspect Monday night in conjunction with a string air-conditioning unit thefts in the city.

Jeremiah Lynch, 32, of Radcliff is charged with six counts of theft by unlawful taking of more than $300 as well as multiple charges in Breckinridge and Jefferson counties.

After receiving information about Lynch from an outside law-enforcement agency, RPD officers discovered Breckinridge and Jefferson counties had bench warrants out for the accused, RPD spokesman Bryce Shumate said.

When officers arrived at Lynch’s Cottonwood Drive residence, they found several pieces of cut up air conditioner parts, according to a news release. Several of these pieces belonged to stolen units reported in the area, police said.

“It doesn’t take care of all of the thefts, but it accounts for some of them,” Shumate said.

Lynch is cooperating with investigators and has admitted to several thefts, most of them appearing to have taken place in his neighborhood, Shumate said.

According to arrest citations, Lynch “admitted going to rental properties. He would take apart the A/C units and sell the copper pipes and wires.”

The citations estimate the total monetary value of the units stolen to be about $18,200.

Shumate said RPD is continuing its investigation. Theft by unlawful taking of more than $300 is a Class D felony, punishable by one to five years if found guilty.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.