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Elderly Woman Dies From Heat After A/C Stolen
CBS Dallas/Fort Worth ^ | August 4, 2011

Posted on 08/04/2011 4:05:34 PM PDT by grundle

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - A 79-year-old Oak Cliff woman succumbs to the North Texas heat and dies in her home just two days after reporting to police that her central air conditioner had been stolen.

Dolores Grissom’s home sits on a corner with the air conditioning unit is completely exposed; only protected by a cage with a lock.

On July 14 Grissom reported that her $2,500 unit was stolen. On July 16 she was found dead. Just this week the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office completed their report that stated Grissom’s death was heat-related.

Grissom, who was buried last week, lived with her son and unfortunately this wasn’t the first time the home had been burglarized. On at least two other occasions, in previous years, the air condition was also the target of thieves.

Neighbor Caroline Ware, who is disabled, says she tried to help Grissom. “I’m sad she passed away,” said Ware. “I tried to get her and her son to come over here, but you know people like to stay home.”

Air conditioner theft seems to be a common problem in Oak Cliff. Thieves stole six units from a local church back in April.

Dallas police refuse to comment on the theft of Grissom’s a/c unit, but neighbor, Jesse Terrell, says that type crime happens every summer in the area and he believes the units wind up in local pawnshops.

“You don’t have to walk inside [pawnshops] to ask ‘em if they have them,” said Terrell. “You drive by it and they’re sitting right up front; central air conditioning units and regular window units.”

KRLD NewsRadio 1080 checked with a pawnshop on Corinth and 8th Street and although the store has at least five a/c units available for sale, the owner said he doesn’t deal with the public, and his units only come from demolition and corporate jobs.

Terrell claims that once police even caught some thieves as they carried a stolen unit down the street. DPD officials say there is no new information in the Grissom theft.

Grissom’s death brings the number of heat-related deaths in Dallas County up to 13. Currently, seven others are still under investigation. Tarrant and Collin County have each had one heat-related death.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Miscellaneous; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: actheft; barbarians; doloresgrissom; elderly; heatdeath; illegalinvasion; illegals; murder; urban

1 posted on 08/04/2011 4:05:37 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

Felony murder.


2 posted on 08/04/2011 4:07:11 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: grundle

I hope they charge them with murder.


3 posted on 08/04/2011 4:07:32 PM PDT by Errant
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To: grundle

Sounds like a manslaughter charge to me.


4 posted on 08/04/2011 4:07:50 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: grundle

If they find the perp, he or she should be charged with murder.


5 posted on 08/04/2011 4:08:19 PM PDT by napscoordinator (HI]]\]\)
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To: grundle

When the thieves are caught, they better be charged with murder.


6 posted on 08/04/2011 4:08:32 PM PDT by lara
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To: grundle

RIP.


7 posted on 08/04/2011 4:09:56 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: grundle
“I tried to get her and her son to come over here, but you know people like to stay home.”

I think I'd visit a neighbor before I'd sit in my house and die.

8 posted on 08/04/2011 4:10:38 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Do you know why I love reptiles? It's because they don't play guitars.)
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To: grundle
Death penalty for the thieves.
9 posted on 08/04/2011 4:11:31 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Holy flippin' crap, Sarah rocks the world!)
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To: Brilliant

I think they could make manslaughter stick.


10 posted on 08/04/2011 4:12:46 PM PDT by null and void (Day 924. When your only tools are a Hammer & Sickle, everything looks like a Capitalist...)
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To: grundle
A 79-year-old Oak Cliff woman succumbs to the North Texas heat and dies in her home just two days after reporting to police that her central air conditioner had been stolen.

You know it's bad hot when they're stealing residential A/C units.

11 posted on 08/04/2011 4:15:34 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Tax-chick
I think I'd visit a neighbor before I'd sit in my house and die.

That's what I love about my tiny town. Neighbors notice when lights aren't on at the normal time or if someone hasn't picked up their mail. If someone isn't well, you can bet that someone is checking on them.
12 posted on 08/04/2011 4:16:29 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: grundle

What is this world coming to? I hope they catch who ever committed this heinous crime and the book is thrown at them.


13 posted on 08/04/2011 4:16:53 PM PDT by seoul62
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To: grundle
If I was a Donald Trump guy, I think I'd have at least ONE researcher on line scouring news reports for pwople, ways and reasons to give a blessing.

The police report was 2 days old ... I think I could'a gotten a check to a local AC installer, booted him a couple a hunnert to expedite the job and install a temp window unit while the central was replaced.

I know I've done similar things in the past with a couple of lump sums that came my way .. as I believe many HERE have also.

I don't understand these types of tragedies that a small amount of paper would have rectified and saved a life .. I really don't.

Especially if I posessed a large quantity of paper.

14 posted on 08/04/2011 4:19:52 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: cripplecreek

My grandmother couldn’t stand accepting help from anyone. My father and uncle had to take her to the doctor by force sometimes.

In the case in the article, the situation shouldn’t have arisen, of course ... but if the a/c had simply stopped working, the end result might have been the same.


15 posted on 08/04/2011 4:24:21 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Do you know why I love reptiles? It's because they don't play guitars.)
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To: Brilliant

16 posted on 08/04/2011 4:24:21 PM PDT by Morgana (I never said a thing.....................)
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To: cripplecreek

Your tiny town sounds lovely, wish the small town I lived in had been like that. I lived in a gossip mongers paradise. I was so glad to get away from there and back to the city where I have some privacy in my banking, my doctors visits my court house business.


17 posted on 08/04/2011 4:24:48 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Tax-chick
My grandmother couldn’t stand accepting help from anyone. My father and uncle had to take her to the doctor by force sometimes.

After living next to the same people for 50 years or more like my grandmother did I think it stops being help or charity. I remember granny and her neighbors doing things whether they needed help or not. It became a simple matter of being neighborly.

I've been here for more than a decade and I'm still building that kind of relationship with my neighbors.
18 posted on 08/04/2011 4:31:31 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: grundle

When they catch the perps, charge them with murder.


19 posted on 08/04/2011 4:33:26 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SandRat

Good for nothing low life bastards


20 posted on 08/04/2011 4:38:36 PM PDT by wild74
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To: Tax-chick

I agree! Especially when it’s going to be in the upper 110 range for a least up through next Thursday here in DFW. A house with a new a/c isn’t worth much to a dead person.


21 posted on 08/04/2011 4:44:27 PM PDT by RowdyFFC
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To: cripplecreek

And whoever buys the stolen unit or the copper from it is an accessory.


22 posted on 08/04/2011 4:44:28 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: grundle
For all my rental units, I had heavy steel cages built, and use 3 of the heaviest locks I can get on them. Those locks fit snug and no room to get a cutter in. Well worth the money spent on each cage, $250 each.

Have not had any problems since then, an attempt was made, but just to much trouble for them to try and cut through.

A wrought iron company made them. Another tip, if you have an alarm system, hook that alarm up to the unit or cages as well. The cages are set in a concrete slab, and one side is hinged to be able to work on the unit.

23 posted on 08/04/2011 4:48:12 PM PDT by annieokie
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To: grundle
I had two customers with this problem today.

The first was the manager of the local Country Club. They had four A/C units stolen at the beginning of last month, had them replaced, and had the replacements stolen this past weekend. These were big, commercial units that are valued at a couple thousand a pop.

The second was a guy who'd just bought a farm and closed on it two weeks ago. Last week, when he was back in Arkansas getting his belongings, thieves swept in and stole the A/C units and tore all of the copper out of the house, barns, stables, and workshop. He was in getting a price list for his insurance company and didn't have it completed yet, but it looks like the thieves did over sixty thousand dollars worth of damage to his farm.

24 posted on 08/04/2011 4:49:26 PM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (Democrats: "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.")
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To: dragnet2
They don't want the units, they only want the copper out of them.

We have had a rash of these thefts in our state. Until the law makes it illegal for metal dealers to accept ANY metal such as this, the thefts will continue.

Sad to say, when stolen they will only get about may $100 from the metal, insurance will pay some to replace and you may be out for the differance. Very expensive to replace.

25 posted on 08/04/2011 4:52:22 PM PDT by annieokie
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To: grundle

That is really sad and really mean! I hope the perps suffer in kind.


26 posted on 08/04/2011 4:52:53 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: cripplecreek
I think the lady was, perhaps, not entirely compos mentis. It's unfortunate that her son, with whom she lived, didn't take her somewhere cooler for the day.
27 posted on 08/04/2011 4:54:02 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Do you know why I love reptiles? It's because they don't play guitars.)
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To: grundle
A warming story from couple years back.

A young man was found dead just outside of a recently vacated apartment complex, stealing the copper.

OOPS, he cut the wrong wires, electrocuted himself, JUSTICE? His own father was the one who found him. oh well.

Kinda strange that the father knew exactly where to find his son, in that bad part of town and at night.

Kinda sad..............., just kinda.

28 posted on 08/04/2011 4:59:06 PM PDT by annieokie
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To: cripplecreek

My neighborhood is like that.

If a neighbor’s dog escapes, it gets put back in it’s yard or kept in your’s until it’s owner is back home.

I’ve got neighbors who are nutsy libs, but when you’ve fought a brush fire to save homes together, what bumper stickers you have just don’t matter quite so much.


29 posted on 08/04/2011 4:59:14 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Brilliant

You’re right. Taking a disabled person’s AC in the summer in TX is a death sentence. After the temp hits around 94-99 degrees, fans don’t work anymore since they act like a space heater rather which warms your internal core temperature than an air convector which cools down your internal air temp and you need an AC.


30 posted on 08/04/2011 5:04:41 PM PDT by NorthStarStateConservative (In 2008, the USA became the UNN: The United States of Nauru)
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To: SandRat

I say stick em in a room, heat it up to about 150 degrees and let them cook real nice.


31 posted on 08/04/2011 5:06:22 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: cripplecreek
That's what I love about my tiny town.

Me too. Few here have air conditioning because the humidity is so low, but no one has ever stolen a swamp cooler in our town.

32 posted on 08/04/2011 5:16:40 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: Tax-chick

If she was like many elderly people (my mother for instance) she may not have been capable of seeing the problem or even imagining that there is a solution if she did.


33 posted on 08/04/2011 5:40:13 PM PDT by TigersEye (No dark sarcasm in the press room ... Hey!, Barry!, leave them bills alone.)
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To: grundle

I’ve never heard of anybody stealing an A.C. unit in my town. ‘Course, I don’t exactly live in Obamaville either.


34 posted on 08/04/2011 5:42:22 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Simplistic answers to complex problems never work and are only proposed by simple people.)
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To: cripplecreek
That's what I love about my tiny town. Neighbors notice when lights aren't on at the normal time or if someone hasn't picked up their mail. If someone isn't well, you can bet that someone is checking on them.

That's the way it is in my town too, population 1,600. If my neighbor saw someone stealing my A.C. he'd probably shoot them and I'd shoot someone stealing his. It keeps thefts down to a minimum.

35 posted on 08/04/2011 5:45:27 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Simplistic answers to complex problems never work and are only proposed by simple people.)
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To: Graybeard58
LOL Your town is about 10 times larger than mine.

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36 posted on 08/04/2011 5:52:57 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: grundle

2nd degree murder.


37 posted on 08/04/2011 6:10:48 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Brilliant
Felony murder.

Unfortunately, reading between the lines, I am sure that the odds of the victim having a record of the serial numbers (to have any hope of recovery, are between nil and non-existent. Perhaps armed guards need to be assigned at taxpayer expense to perform this simple function?

38 posted on 08/05/2011 10:15:34 PM PDT by Publius6961 (My world was lovely, until it was taken over by parasites.)
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