Strange burglary in Richmond leads to stolen sink

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A strange burglary on the City's South Side has police looking to find out who broke into a vacant home. This happened in the 500 block of West 26th Street.

The home has been vacant for a couple of months and is currently foreclosed. We are told from Richmond Police that several things were stolen from the home, including a sink.

The glass on the back door is shattered, signs of the burglary at the home. A home that Stephen Clark says is the only foreclosed home he knows of in his neighborhood.

"I don't like it, but it's a sign of the times, everyone is desperate," said Stephen Clark.

But this burglary, is a little different. Investigators say not only was copper piping stolen from this home, so too were kitchen cabinets and a sink. Basically all that's left in the home.

A source, with knowledge of the investigation, tell us whoever broke into the home, also tried to take the water heater.

Copper thefts are a recent trend in our area and real estate agencies tell us, so too is an increase in the number of homes they are seeing broken into, since the foreclosure number spiked.

Clark thinks this most recent crime, is an isolated one. But one his neighbors are now on the lookout for.

"I think everybody in the (neighbor)hood is pretty much on top of looking around, seeing what's going on," added Clark.

That's something real estate agencies are stressing, especially with these foreclosed homes. While they regularly visit these type of homes, they also rely on people like Cark to report these crimes, right away.

But for now, Richmond Police are going door to door here, asking for help to solve this crime. Meanwhile, Clark offers some advice of his own. "By not putting up a sign that says this home is foreclosed. Yeah, don't put a sign on your home saying that. It's just like an invitation."

Real estate agents tell me that they make these homes are secure when they take them over in this type of situation. But, of course, it's hard to prevent every crime from happening.

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