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(KSL News) The University of Utah is taking steps to protect its air conditioners after several acts of vandalism on campus.
"They just cut the wire," Union Director Whit Hollis explains. He's stumped as to why someone damaged seven air conditioners at his building and more at buildings around campus. "We're just fortune that more damage wasn't done. If it had been the summer and the compressors were working, it would have been serious."
Hollis says copper tubing was cut, releasing large amounts of Freon into the air. It cost $10,000 to fix just at the Union building. Now they've put up cages around the units to keep them from being vandalized again.