CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Police have arrested two people for stealing copper from the air conditioning units at East Lake Elementary School.  

The theft caused up to $20,000.00 in damage.

School Officials discovered the theft on August 10th, the first day of class.

Sometime between 4 and 4:30 that morning, somebody cut through the wire-mesh gate in the security fence that surrounds the air conditioning units and cut out the copper Freon line on the compressor.

Charissa Frady and Derek Harden were arrested Monday afternoon by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

Both parties were involved in shoplifting from two area stores located in East Brainerd when they were arrested.