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Two charged with stealing AC units from tornado-damaged homes

Posted June 2, 2011

— Two men have been charged with stealing air conditioning units from Fayetteville homes damaged by the April 16 tornadoes, police said Thursday. 

The thefts occurred at two unoccupied houses in the 6400 block of Redcliff Road in the Fairfield Farms subdivision. 

A neighbor called the police after seeing two men take an AC unit from a home late Wednesday morning. Authorities pulled over a pick-up truck containing two stolen AC units. 

Jantzen Maynor, 31, and Malcolm Elleber, 22, both of Red Springs, were arrested at the scene. Police said Maynor had been doing repair work in the neighborhood a few weeks ago. 

A general contractor working in the neighborhood said he has seen AC units stolen from other construction sites.

"It's just real prevalent in the area right now. I don't know if it's the economy or if it's the price of metal and cooper in the AC units," contractor Tony Price said. 

Two arrested in Fayetteville AC thefts Two arrested in Fayetteville AC thefts

Police said this was the first such theft in a storm-struck neighborhood. They called it a crime of opportunity and said they're not sure whether the units were taken for the copper or to be resold.

Maynor and Elleber were charged with larceny. Each were being held under a $10,000 bond at the Cumberland County jail.


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  • maynorfamily Jun 3, 2011

    This is not true, I am Jantzens wife. There really has been a miss uderstanding. There was an officer in the project a few weeks back and told him he could get the stuff when they started tearing down the houses, because it was just going to get thrown away anyway. So when they did start tearing down the houses he went back to get the stuff and a different officer was there, and did not believe him. He did not get locked up. He came home the same day and does not have any bond. So please dont not get the wrong understanting... Why would any man want to steal that has he own business. In broad day light!!! Come on now.........

  • sk8terlife91 Jun 3, 2011

    tell that contractor to hire some help that is trust worthy, you dont want thefts working on your damaged home

  • Rebelyell55 Jun 3, 2011

    Bond now listed. It should been higher.

  • Rolling Along Jun 2, 2011

    I bet they were going to pawn or sell as hot as it is...

  • Rebelyell55 Jun 2, 2011

    It didn't list their bond, but I hope it's high enough to keep em for awhile.