NORMAL — Illinois State University police are investigating the theft of more than 50 central air-conditioning units from an ISU warehouse.
ISU facilities management staff contacted campus police about 11:30 a.m. Monday to report the disappearance of the 56 American Standard brand central air units since late-July. If replaced as new, the theft represents a $25,000 loss, said ISU Police Chief Aaron Woodruff.
The units had been used previously by ISU in the Cardinal Courts student apartment complex. Those buildings on Gregory Street were razed this spring to make way for a new complex, set to open in fall 2012.
About 75 air conditioning units were removed, but only 20 were in fair condition and set to be transferred to ISU’s Shelbourne apartments, said Maureen Blair, university housing services director.
The rest of the units had been manufactured at least a decade ago and were deemed unusable by housing services. Those were transferred to ISU’s facilities management office for storage or disposal, said Blair.
The units were being stored outside a warehouse at 2020 N. Warehouse Road when the thefts occurred.
Facilities management staff members reported they first noticed some units were missing during the last weekend in July, and the rest apparently were taken the first weekend in August, according to police.
ISU had planned to transfer the units to the Illinois Department of Central Management Services, which circulates state-owned equipment among various state agencies, said Blair.
On July 25, a worker noticed that since July 22, several units had been removed over the weekend from the top row of air conditioners. No police report was filed then because the worker thought the equipment relocation had begun, said Woodruff.
On Aug. 1, workers arrived to find all the air-conditioning units were gone. After determining no university staff had moved the equipment, workers called ISU police.
Woodruff said there are no suspects at this time.
The units are American Standard Model 7A0018A100A0.
Anyone with information is asked to call McLean County Crime Stoppers at 309-828-1111, or the ISU Police Department at 309-438-8631.