DALLAS – A Dallas woman died after someone stole her air conditioner.
Neighbors noticed 79-year-old Delores Grissom’s AC was missing from her front yard on July 14.
“She said, ‘Oh, I’m getting so hot,’” said Caroline Ware, Grissom’s neighbor and friend. “I tried to get them to come over here. She said, ‘No I’ll be alright. People are bringing us some blow fans.’”
Just two day later Grissom was dead. The medical examiner ruled her cause of death was heat-related.
Another neighbor Mattie Sims said her AC was taken from her back yard while she was at church. The 73-year-old has asthma. Luckily her insurance company replaced the unit later that day.
“It was hurtful to me that somebody had taken my AC,” she said.
Joseph Patterson lives across the street and the copper inside his AC was also taken while he was at church. He spent $10,000 to have it replaced.
“It’s bad. It’s just bad,” he said.
Police have not arrested anyone for the crimes. Even if they do it will still be considered theft, a petty crime.
Neighbors are upset about that because in this heat the crime has been deadly.