by: Craig Lucie Updated:
ATLANTA - Thieves are targeting several northwest Atlanta businesses that back up to railroad tracks, and they're getting away with thousands in copper.
Lucie also obtained surveillance video that shows thieves in a white van backing up to one business, disassembling an
At Bell Street Burritos off Howell Mill Road, the owner said thieves ripped off his AC unit last Monday.
"They stole the whole compressor. There were always two compressors one with a cage, one without and they stole the one without. We'll be putting a new cage around the other one in the next couple of days," said Matt Hinton of Bell Street Burritos.
Less than mile away, crooks even broke into the Atlanta City Water Reservoir where they stole 300 feet of copper wire from a generator.
The day before that, the Nottingham Chemical and Manufacturing
A manager told Lucie thieves cut three holes in their back fence and stole 1,200 feet of copper wire worth $3,000.
The manager added that they had to be professionals otherwise they would've been electrocuted since they cut live wire.
Atlanta police said they recently caught Calixto Camacho in the act May 7.
They said he was knocking holes in walls and ceilings of a vacant apartment complex on La Dawn Lane in northwest Atlanta and ripping out copper wire.
"They work the railroad tracks. They do, and it's hard to see them. We've been hit seven or eight times right here," said Mayhal.