SPOKANE, Wash. - Criminals took off with an industrial air conditioning unit early Thursday morning, costing locally-owned Party Palace, on North Division, thousands of dollars.
Dan Duncan and his wife have owned Party Palace for decades and have run their business from its current location on N. Division for nearly 20 years. Duncan said in the last few years, property crime has hit new levels in the neighborhood. Thieves have made off with five of Party Palace's AC units.
"They took two the first time and gutted them. Then they took two others in two days and now this one yesterday," Duncan said.
Duncan replaced two units last year and added a chain link fence around the appliances. But, it was no match for the person or people who targeted Party Palace this week. Duncan said he felt sick when he realized what happened Thursday morning .
"You feel so violated because the destruction part of it, as much as the theft part, because they don't care," Duncan said.
He said criminals break down the units to sell the copper wire. Duncan said "for the 30 dollars of copper they might get out of the unit," they cost him about $3,000.
Duncan planned to add more security around the building and a steel container to protect his appliances. He encouraged other businesses to take steps to protect their property before it's too late.
"At this point, I'd be putting up something more structurally sound than a chain link fence because this didn't work at all," Duncan said.
If you have any information that may help in this case, you're asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.