Bridgeport man says his AC was stolen from his window

Bridgeport officials are cautioning the public about the potential security risks posed by window AC units.

Frank Recchia and Nicole Alarcon Soares

Jun 20, 2024, 9:37 PM

Updated 27 days ago

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A 44-year-old disabled Bridgeport man said someone broke into his apartment and stole his air conditioner on the hottest day of the year.
Junaro Velez-Cruz says that he has an extreme sensitivity to heat.
" I came in here and I saw my stuff from my bathroom all disarrayed in here. I come in here and I see stuff thrown everywhere, then immediately as I look over, I see the air conditioner missing, the screws all over the place,” said Velez-Cruz.
He told News 12 he won't be able to stay in his apartment until he gets another AC unit.
Tony Barr, who helps the community, is advocating on Velez-Cruz' behalf.
"That's just outrageous for someone to take somebody's air conditioning, and it's hot. It's extremely hot, we're going through a heat wave," said Barr.
Velez-Cruz said he can't breathe properly in hot humid weather.
"It stays (the AC) on most of the day. That's why I need to be in a place that has all utilities included so I can survive."
Bridgeport officials are cautioning the public about the potential security risks posed by window AC units.
They said residents should invest in safety devices for AC units, to keep windows from being opened from the outside.


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