A printing company owner in Detroit called a repairman for problems she was having with air circulations but, the repairman couldn't find an air conditioning unit at all. In fact, he found other air conditioning units missing from other buildings in the area.
Helen Wright, who stayed in Detroit to try and make it a better place, has owned a print shop for 41 years on Livernois just south of Seven Mile. Her two rooftop air conditioning units were stripped, along with the beauty shop's units next door.
"You go home one night and you come back the next early morning and things happen like this," said Wright.
Air conditioners were found missing at E and H Printing, Necessity SALON, Kutt it Out Barber Shop and True Value Hardware, which is under construction across the street.
Shaheen Gray, an employee at the barber shop, said, "They had the ample opportunity to go right down each rooftop and take what they wanted."
Alan Mansour of the True Value Hardware didn't even have the units hooked up yet. The air conditioners cost him 20 thousand dollars, which is now down the drain.
"We're here to rebuild the city and make it look good and spend all this money and we have some people coming in -- just try to destroy it," said Mansour. "They're
destroying their own house, that's all they're doing, and that's why a lot of people don't want to stay in the city."
It's a sad sign of the times in this hard-luck town where it's getting harder and harder to do business, for so many reasons.
The combination of darkness and no streetlights makes Livernois businesses sitting ducks.
"I may even consider leaving. I've been here all these years but, it's disgusting -- I'm too old for this," said Wright.