SANATOGA PA – A Lower Pottsgrove business is missing a 7-1/2-ton chiller, and township police are hunting for someone with nerves icy enough to steal it, Chief Michael Foltz has told the Board of Commissioners.
Ofc. Chris DiPiano, one of the police department’s two criminal investigators, “is actively working (the) theft case” from the property of ValTech Corp., 2113 Sanatoga Station Rd., Foltz told board members in a report during their June 3 (2013; Monday) meeting. Valtech, a global manufacturer of detergents, adhesives and polymers used for high-technology devices like solar cells and computer hard drives, operates its headquarters here.
In the bustle of police activity that surrounded the Sanatoga Station Road murder last month of Pottsgrove High School graduate Kareem Ali Borowy, which occurred near Valtech’s operations, corporate officials noticed and notified police that the chiller had disappeared. It apparently was being operated at the time; Foltz said it was “previously used for cooling water” at the facility.
The more than 7-ton rating for the York-brand chiller does not refer to its actual weight, but to the amount of cooling power it supplies. Foltz said Valtech estimated the unit’s value at $2,000.
Walking away with a chiller of that size, however, may have required special equipment and the involvement of more than one individual, online experts indicated. Other chillers with the same tonnage rating were estimated to be roughly 3-feet wide and 5-feet long, and to weigh more than 1,000 pounds.
The investigation remains active, and is unrelated to the Borowy case, Foltz said.
Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ June 3 meeting):
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