HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) -- A property at 1255 Corwin Ave. in Hamilton is just the latest to be hit by copper thieves, and this is the second time they've been hit this year.
"It's not just a problem in the summer months, but all months, that you keep a vigilant watch on your properties," said Rich Pregel, a realtor with NAI Bergman.
According to Hamilton police reports, thieves first stole broke into the building which is leased out to different businesses back in March, stealing 30 feet of copper, now it appears they've come back for more, this time outside of the building where three A/C units were discovered missing.
"The A/C units are extremely expensive, for a basic unit you could spend $3,000 to $5,000," Pregel said.
Pregel says local realtors and property owners in Hamilton are fighting a battle of copper crimes that they can't seem to win.
"It's very difficult in the Hamilton area, when we get a real nice property, that's been well maintained and then it's vacated, and then within two weeks someone goes and breaks into the property and destroys it for the $20,$50 $100 in copper, all our marketing efforts and all the value that the owner created has been wasted," Pregel said.
In August officials in Butler County and Hamilton kicked off an initiative to crack down on scrap yards where copper is sold for cash, but Pregel says the problem isn't going away and property owners should also be vigilant.
"Those outside units, keep them well lit, and again, ask those neighbors to help you out," Pregel said.
Hamilton Police say they have no suspects in either of the cases.