By Brad Segall

BRISTOL, Pa. (CBS) — Authorities in Bristol Township (Bucks County) say that thieves are going to great lengths to get their hands on valuable metals they can sell to make a quick buck.

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Police say they are piecing together some leads as they try to find the thieves who stole nine rooftop air conditioning units this week from businesses along Veterans Highway.

Bristol Township police lieutenant Guy Sava says investigators believe the units were swiped some during the early morning hours of this past Monday, “accessing the roof and then removing what is a heavy unit from the roof. But keep in mind, they remove these with absolute disregard to any other property up there, so they pretty much just cut and hack them.”

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He says the township and surrounding municipalities have been hit by a wave of thefts recently in which thieves are stealing products that yield precious metals like copper.

The value of these latest thefts is about $27,000. Police are hoping that anyone who sees anything suspicious will call them.

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