By Reg Chapman

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s a safety threat that could be sitting in your windows. Air conditioning units in ground floor windows are being pushed out to gain access to your home.

It’s happening in the Kingfield neighborhood in south Minneapolis.

“All I care that I took to make it stable and safe, it never occurred to me that somebody would push it in,” said Suzzane, the latest homeowner in the Kingfield neighborhood to be the target of burglars.

Suzzane, who didn’t want her identity revealed, said she was home in her bedroom around 11 a.m. late last week when someone rang her doorbell about 20 times.

“I heard noise and it started to come in and I thought ‘Why is my air conditioner suddenly falling in.’ It didn’t occur to me that somebody was pushing on it,” said Suzzane. “Then I heard noise from the other side of my house in my dining room where I have another window air conditioner and I thought ‘This is really strange.'”

Suzzane said she quickly realized someone was trying to get in.

When they couldn’t dislodge the air conditioner from the window in the dining room, they went back to the bedroom unit.

“And completely pushed it is and it fell on the floor,” she said.

Suzzane said she came face-to-face with the would-be intruder.

“I yelled at him and said ‘What the hell are you doing?’ He ran,” she said.

Homes throughout the Kingfield neighborhood have been targeted.

“They’re pushing in air conditioners on first floor windows. These air conditioning units aren’t secured in any way so they can just be pushed in,” said Minneapolis Police Sgt. Steve Bantle.

Police say there are ways to make sure your window unit does not spell opportunity for burglars.

“They should bolt it to the window frame and get the window pinned. And if they have questions about doing that you can get help at your local hardware store or appliance store,” said Bantle.

Suzzane did not get a good look at the man who tried to get in her home. Police have made no arrests.

There is a very active neighborhood association in Kingfield. They are working with police to bring an end to these crimes of opportunity.

Comments (13)
  1. Tom says:

    I would have shot the SOB

    1. Dirty Harry says:

      yeah would have pooped your pants & screamed like a girl

  2. Shoot first - clean up blood and brain matter later... says:

    What cracks me up about this story is these shining stars think that taking the AC unit out of a window to gain entrance is less obtrusive or quieter than simply breaking a window.

    Really don’t matter though, because at minimum at least Minnesota supports the Castle Doctrine: Shoot first, clean up blood and brain matter later…

    1. MN is too liberal says:

      No it doesn’t, but it sure should.

      1. Open mouth, insert foot... says:

        You obviously don’t own firearms, or live in Minnesota, or both, otherwise you wouldn’t write such a completely incorrect statement. Or maybe you would with your stupid, political screen name choice – like any of us care a less about your political agenda. Try again, dopey…

    2. sambo says:

      Not quiter – less PAINFUL – no broken glass to worry about .
      Get the goods & gone.

  3. Marge says:

    Cleave the intruder’s brain pan at roughly the speed of sound with a hollow point .45 cal ACP round fired from any one of an assortment of semi-auto handguns. Bad guys 0, Good guys 1.

    Only we can stop the culture of crime. And .40 cents a round is a bargain.

  4. jeff says:

    i really don’t know if this makes me a hypocrate but if someone was breaking into my house i think i would shoot to kill. but i don’t believe in the death penalty. hmmmmmmmm.

  5. KegHead says:

    This trick has been used in St. Louis for over 20 years.

  6. justaxnspend says:

    This is why I have my 30-30 within reach of my easy chair!

  7. ron says:

    Shoot the trespasser dead and possibly spend the rest of your life in prison. If they live you can be sued for damages. These criminals got rights ya know!

    1. Another know-it-all, that doesn't says:

      STFU dingleberry, and get back to polishing my boots.

  8. Tom@AC Repair San Antonio says:

    Never heard of this before but totally makes sense 😦 Guess its just a reminder to place AC units high up in you can.

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