Elderly Woman Dies From Heat After A/C Theft

79-year-old reported it missing two days before death
By Tim Karan,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2011 4:23 PM CDT
An elderly Texas woman died of heat exhaustion two days after her air conditioner was stolen.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Somebody took a lot more than just an air conditioner from an elderly Texas woman. Two days after the 79-year-old reported her $2,500 unit stolen from the back of her home, she died of heat exhaustion, reports the Christian Post. It was the fourth time she had had her A/C unit stolen.

The timing of the latest theft was unfortunately during the hottest month in the history of the state. Air conditioner theft apparently is a booming business in her Dallas-area neighborhood. "You don't have to walk inside pawn shops to ask 'em if they have them," says a neighbor. "You drive by it and they're sitting right up front; central air conditioning units and window units."

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