- Associated Press - Saturday, June 28, 2014

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) - An Appleton man told police he vandalized a string of air conditioners in the Fox Cities of northeastern Wisconsin because he doesn’t like the machines.

“Different things that set people off, and in this case it appears that the air conditioning units were bothering him,” Sgt. David Lund said.

The vandalism began this past week in Menasha. But Lund said Appleton police have received at least 12 reports of broken air conditioners. Neenah and Grand Chute have reports as well. He said the targets have included residences, a dentist’s office and gas station.

Lund said the 52-year-old suspect spent nights riding his bicycle around and ripping control switches out of the units.

“It’s also disturbing when these things are going on in the middle of the night. We don’t want people prowling around our businesses or private residences,” he said.

Investigators think there may be more victims, and they’re trying to compile a complete list before referring charges to the district attorney’s office. They’re reaching out to local heating and air conditioning companies to see if anyone else has been victimized and not reported it.

“We understand that it’s a pricey repair,” Lund said. “Hopefully people will be able to somewhere along the line get restitution.”

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