CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Police are searching for thieves who caused more than $300,000 in damage while stealing copper from the roof of a Charles Town school.
Police say the thieves removed 11 heating and air conditioning units and took about $800 worth of copper coils last weekend. The units' removal damaged the roof and caused Freon gas to leak.
Jefferson County Schools assistant superintendent Ralph Dinges tells The Journal that the school's heat pumps have access to backup emergency heat. But there's no air conditioning.
He says school officials will work to repair the damage before air conditioning is needed.
Superintendent Susan Wall says the theft and repairs won't affect the school's day-to-day operations.