Elderly Woman Dies from Heat Exhaustion After Someone Steals Her A/C

10 Aug

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By JasmineHughes

On July 14, Dolores Grissom reported to police that her $2,500 central air conditioner was stolen and two short days later, on July 16, she was found dead. Just this week the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office completed their report that stated Grissom’s death was heat-related.

The 79-year-old Oak Cliff woman’s home sits on a corner with the air conditioning unit completely exposed; only protected by a cage with a lock. An easy target, she was left without any relief from the North Texas heat.

Neighbor Caroline Ware, who is disabled, says she tried to help Grissom. “I’m sad she passed away,” said Ware. “I tried to get her and her son to come over here, but you know people like to stay home.”

Air conditioner theft seems to be a common problem in Oak Cliff. Thieves stole six units from a local church back in April.

Dallas police refuse to comment on the theft of Grissom’s a/c unit, but neighbor, Jesse Terrell, says that type crime happens every summer in the area and he believe the units end up in local pawn shops.

Grissom’s death brings the number of heat-related deaths in Dallas County up to 13. Currently, seven others are still under investigation. Tarrant and Collin County have each had one heat-related death.

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3 Responses to “Elderly Woman Dies from Heat Exhaustion After Someone Steals Her A/C”

  1. DJ ARIF August 28, 2011 at 11:45 pm #

    Feeling so sad for that woman….

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