Skip to comments.Elderly Woman Dies From Heat After A/C Stolen
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 Grissoms 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 Examiners Office completed their report that stated Grissoms death was heat-related.
Grissom, who was buried last week, lived with her son and unfortunately this wasnt 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. Im 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 Grissoms 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 dont have to walk inside [pawnshops] to ask em if they have them, said Terrell. You drive by it and theyre 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 doesnt 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.
Grissoms 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.
I hope they charge them with murder.
Sounds like a manslaughter charge to me.
If they find the perp, he or she should be charged with murder.
When the thieves are caught, they better be charged with murder.
I think I'd visit a neighbor before I'd sit in my house and die.
I think they could make manslaughter stick.
You know it's bad hot when they're stealing residential A/C units.
What is this world coming to? I hope they catch who ever committed this heinous crime and the book is thrown at them.
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.
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.
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.
When they catch the perps, charge them with murder.
Good for nothing low life bastards
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