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Industrial Heat Pump Crashes Into Car, Police Looking for Owner

A large industrial heating unit that apparently fell off a truck passing through the area damaged a resident's car in early March.

According to reports from the Norristown Police Department, officers were flagged down in the area of West Main and Hamilton streets at approximately 1:20 p.m on Thursday, March 7, by a passing motorist. The driver reported that a "large air conditioner" was currently lying in the middle of the 400 block of Hamilton Street just north of West Main Street.

On the scene, officers discovered the York brand industrial heat pump lying next to a black Land Rover with what appeared to be fresh damage to its driver's side door, wheel well and bumper, apparently from the heat pump striking it. Police say scrape marks in the street indicated that the pump had slid from the intersection into the parked Land Rover. The owner of the vehicle was contacted and confirmed the damage was new.

A witness at the scene told police she was at the CVS at 1200 West Main Street when she observed a truck pulling a flat trailer turn onto Hamilton Street from West Main Street. On the trailer was an identical heating unit to the one left on the scene. The witness was unable to describe the make or model of the truck and did not record the license plate number.

Norristown Public Works crews were called to remove the heating unit from the scene. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Norristown Police Department at 610-270-0977.

JMF April 01, 2013 at 06:16 PM
If this happened on march 7, why are we hearing about it now, little late don't you think?
James Myers (Editor) April 02, 2013 at 01:48 AM
No fault of the NPD, but of the epic backlog I have compiled in March. I'm working through the pile, but I thought it best to post it late rather than not at all. Apologies for the delay.
Todd Balla April 02, 2013 at 01:11 PM
York, which is now owned by Johnson controls has a branch on Trooper road , im sure they can tell you the owner of that unit from the serial number.
RCG April 02, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Somebody may be scratching their head and wondering what happened to the heating unit that was supposed to be on top of their roof.

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