ELIZABETHTON — The Carter County Sheriff’s Department has reported the recent thefts of heat pumps from air conditioners at two unoccupied homes in the county.
Thieves stole a $4,000 York heat pump from an unoccupied house sometime during the month of September, police said.
Grover S. Hickman, owner of the house at 112 Blevins Hollow Road, told Deputy Michael Bean that he noticed the heat pump was stolen when he was showing the house to prospective renters.
He said he had last seen the heat pump when he was remodeling the home in early September. The house has been unoccupied since Hickman evicted the last tenants in May. He said the heat pump had been behind the house on the outside.
Carroll D. Matherly, owner of a home at 236 Oliver Hollow Road, Hampton, told Deputy Brian Smithpeters that someone stolen the air conditioning unit from that residence and also stole the breaker box and wiring.
Matherly said he discovered the theft while mowing the yard on Sunday. He noticed tire tracks going around the back of the residence. When he checked, he discovered his heat pump was gone. The loss was estimated at $2,600.
Matherly said the last time he checked the residence was Sept. 18.