Police need help finding HVAC thief in southern Indiana

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- Police in southern Indiana have a good picture of a theft suspect, and they are asking for the public's help to identify him.

The Floyd County Sheriff's Office says the man was caught on security video allegedly stealing a trailer with equipment from a local HVAC business. His accomplice was driving a maroon pickup truck.

Police say the two suspects could be connected to other thefts at businesses in Floyd County, Indiana.

 "We're looking with authorities from other jurisdictions around the area to see if anything matches," Detective George Schultz with the Floyd County Sheriff's Office said. 

The thieves hit Lamb's Heating and Air Conditioning in Georgetown early Saturday morning. 

"They pulled in in broad daylight and got it while the fence gate was open," Owner Gordon Lamb said. 

Lamb says the suspects stole the trailer along with some scrap materials, totaling a few thousand dollars worth of property. 

"On that particular trailer there was sheet metal, casings from air conditioners, not per say copper and aluminum," Lamb said. "The more valuable stuff we do try to keep locked up in the shop."

Police say scrap metal thefts are common in Southern Indiana. 

"It is a popular crime to commit and an easy way to get some money," Schultz said. 

Security cameras around the business captured the suspects pulling up in a truck, hitching the trailer and driving away. Lamb installed the cameras around the building because he has been targeted by thieves numerous times in his 25 years in business. 

"We had multiple instances before we installed the cameras, but after putting them up we've been very fortunate," Lamb said. 

Police are hopeful the suspect will be identified since the cameras provided such a clear image of his face. 

"These images are pretty clear so we're pretty optimistic that somebody will recognize these individuals or that truck," Schultz said. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Floyd County Sheriff's Department at 812-948-5400. 

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