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Two charged with stealing at least 20 air conditioners

Posted July 3, 2010
Updated July 4, 2010

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— Two men face dozens of larceny charges for a series of air-conditioner thefts across Wake County.

Court documents show 20 counts of felony larceny against Michael Scott King, 28, of 104 Ramsey Ct. Apt. L in Cary, and 24 counts against Richard Levell Keating Jr., 26, of 4607 Mitchell Mill Road in Wake Forest.

Keating was also charged with a probation violation and breaking and entering.

Investigators said thieves target air conditioning units for the copper wiring they contain.

King was being held on $475,000 bond. Keating's bond was set at $165,000.

Keating was on probation for June 2009 convictions for hit-and-run and assault on a female, according to state Department of Correction records. He also has a previous larceny conviction.

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