Daycare reopen after copper theft

WALNUT HILLS, OH (FOX19) - A Walnut Hills daycare is reopening Monday after it had to shut down last week due to a copper theft from its air conditioning unit.

The Wynn Child Development Center on Oak Street was forced to close Wednesday through Friday.

Center staff thinks the theft occurred over the Fourth of July weekend. The center was closed on Monday for the holiday. When the staff came in, they noticed how hot it was and thought the air conditioner must have malfunctioned over the long weekend. They found out the cause of the problem after the repairman came to fix the unit.

Some staff members think it must be part of a series of neighborhood burglaries of copper wire, because of a sign at Oak and Stanton nearby that informs potential vandals and thieves that they have no more copper wire to be stolen. Also, staff said they were told another daycare down the street was also closed because someone ripped out the copper wire and disabled the air conditioning there.

The closure affected 43 children enrolled at the nonprofit center.

The center is scheduled to be open on Monday, using fans to keep as cool as possible.

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