Appliances disappearing from houses
By Shavonne Potts
Authoritites believe thieves are taking major appliances from empty homes to be sold for the metal.
One home at Kesler Street, which is a rental property, was reportedly broken into sometime between mid-Febuary and early March.
The back door was kicked in. It was vacant at the time,” said Capt. Sheila Lingle of the Salisbury Police Department.
Thieves took floor material, two electric heaters, a water heater, a clothes dryer, refrigerator, an oven/range and a microwave.
The value of the items were an estimated $3,190 in value.
“Somone called because water was running out and they thought it was a busted pipe,” Lingle said.
In a similar matter, someone broke into a home in the 500 block of West Monroe Street on Sunday. The home was being remodeled. The back door was kicked in. No one was living at the home at the time.
The property owner is unclear about all the items taken.
On Tuesday, someone broke into a home in the 100 block of East Monroe Street. The back door was kicked in and a refigerator was stolen in that incident, a department report said.
“A lot of these people are taking and disassembling the appliances and are taking it for the metal,” Lingle said.
It is unclear if these incidents are related. No arrests have been made.
Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.