2 men accused of stealing, dismantling air conditioners from Rock Hill hotel

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comMay 20, 2013 

— Two men are accused of dismantling and stealing air conditioning units worth $1,200 from a Rock Hill hotel and then hiding them in their room and a car on Sunday, according to police.

At about 2 p.m., officers went to the Microtel Inn & Suites on Riverview Road after management reported that two Amana air conditioning units were missing from a fourth-floor storage closet, according to a Rock Hill police report.

The hotel’s manager told police that all rooms on the fourth floor had been checked, except the room closest to the storage closet because the guests would not allow housekeeping to go inside, the report states.

Police went with the manager to the room as he knocked on the door. Rick James Oraham, 33, of Seneca, answered as the manager said he needed to do a room check. Oraham allowed the manager and officers inside, where they found a dismantled air conditioning unit in between the wall and Oraham’s bed, the report states.

They also found another air conditioner, still in good condition, in a cart covered by two Microtel T-shirts, the report states. Oraham and another man, David Kinsley Bitzer, 41, of Central, were both arrested. Oraham told officers that he found the air conditioners in the trash a day earlier.

Police reviewed surveillance video showing a man wheeling a large item from the storage closet into the room, the report states. After taking both men to jail, officers went back to Microtel after the manager found pieces of the dismantled air conditioner inside Bitzer’s Subaru Legacy.

Both Oraham and Bitzer were charged with receiving stolen goods. By Monday morning, they were still in jail on $4,000 bonds each.

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