I have mentioned before how serious a theft or shoplifting case is because it is considered a crime of moral turpitude. Most employers will not hire someone with this type of conviction on their record. Lately, theft cases have seen an upturn that I would have not expected. The general public typically does not know that theft of copper has been a type of theft that is very common in Houston. Honestly, I would not know this if I was not a Houston Criminal Defense Attorney, but I have represented several people that have resorted to these types of crimes. I understand that desperate times call for desperate measures, but if you are considering this type of theft please be aware that people are literally dying trying to commit these crimes. The reason that these are likely so common was that they were perceived to be safe when compared to an aggravated robbery with a gun, but I would give it some serious thought before trying to extract metal from an air conditioning unit. Please think twice before considering this crime since the potential loss of life is not worth the money.