Man accused of swiping 15 AC units from Chesapeake building turns himself in to police

Posted at 4:38 PM, Aug 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-12 18:13:26-04

Chesapeake, Va. - Building owner rick Epstien called us last Monday morning just hours after he realized 15 AC units were ripped out of the windows of a building he’s renovating.

He was hoping to get the word out there and get whoever did this off the streets. And today, police say they’ve done just that.

“It’s good to know that you are getting the right people off the street,” says Epstein.

Rick Epstien got a good look at the guy police say broke into his building and ripped 15 air conditioning units out of the walls last week.

Arthur Taylor, 21, turned himself in Wednesday morning, and is now facing felony charges of burglary grand larceny and larceny with the intent to distribute.

A detective delivered the news to Epstien.

“He called me and told me that they have positively identified the person 52:40 that he had confessed that they had done the work they told him about where the equipment went so 52:54 yeah it was really good to hear that that had happened

It’s the ending to a story we were the first to tell you about last week.

After Epstein called up with hopes someone will take action and come forward. But his hopes were thin because all of the cameras inside the building were covered up because of the renovations.

That was until two days later when he called us back saying one camera was rolling.

“Amazing! We thought all of the cameras were covered up, and we found this one infrared camera that was playing that our culprit went right up to and showed us his face at,” says Epstien. “Big relief, big relief. You always think it’s someone who works for you, and I was so happy to find out it was somebody I don’t even know. Now it would be really nice to find this person and let justice do its job.”

So here we are less than a week later with an arrest.

Police confirmed that it was the surveillance footage shown on newscasts that helped land Taylor in jail, taking action and getting results.

“Chesapeake police did real good. Channel 3 did really good, everybody did their job to help the community,” says Epstein.

Police say Arthur Taylor has since bonded out.