A Corbin City man was arrested Friday in connection with the theft of air conditioning parts from multiple businesses and residences in Upper, Dennis, and Middle townships, State Police said.

During the last two and a half months, troopers and detectives from the Woodbine State Police station joined detectives from the Middle Township Police Department to investigate the thefts, which involved the removal of radiators and copper piping from air conditioning units at 21 different residences and businesses throughout Cape May County.

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The most recent theft was investigated by troopers on Tuesday at a business in Dennis Township. The owner, police said, told them that the air conditioning unit used by his business was dismantled and the radiator along with the copper piping was removed.

State Police and Middle Township Police continued the investigation and identified Wayne Kapuscinski, 50, of Corbin City as the main suspect. Kapuscinski allegedly removed the air conditioning parts and sold them to local scrap yards in the county, police said.

Kapuscinski was arrested and charged with 21 counts of theft, criminal mischief, and fencing. He was lodged in the Cape May County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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