Alton man charged with attempting to steal copper from rooftop ac units

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BRIDGETON, MO (KPLR) - A cold-hearted burglar leaves several Bridgeton businesses without a way to stay cool.

Fifteen air conditioning units on top of Rock Road Plaza, in the 11700 block of St. Charles Rock Road, were stripped of their copper early Tuesday morning.

Charged with First Degree Property Damage and Attempted Stealing is Tra Irvin Farrow, 22, of Alton.

Police say he was caught in the act.

The crime left the businesses owners below losing their cool on what turned out to be an unseasonably warm day.

'It`s hot,' said Micki Heda, co-owner of Attitudes Salon, where ceiling fans were on high and the blinds were closed to keep things as cool as possible.

'It`s not so bad yet, but it will climb later this afternoon,' she said.

Bridgeton Police had to call in a fire truck to bring the alleged thief down to earth by ladder.

Police say Farrow was caught in the act by a sergeant, who was making a routine check at the back of the plaza at about 3:15 a.m. when he heard noise and then spotted Farrow.

At Jack`s Barbershop, the inconvenience of it all has left owner Brian Ivie hot and bothered.

'It takes a lot of guts to do that and hurt businesses, probably for about $150 dollars,' he said. 'I don`t see the point.'

Police say Farrow planned to haul away the copper in a flatbed trailer.

They are not disclosing how he was able to climb onto the roof.

We were unable to reach the building`s owner to find out how long it will take to get the air conditioning fixed.