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Appliance thieves hit apartments under construction

Maybe we should file this one under "Pickpockets Who Raised Their Game."

Police in Charles County are looking for a group of suspects who broke into several under-construction apartments in White Plains and stole washers, dryers and ranges sometime over the weekend.

Suffice it to say police are looking for more than one suspect.

Construction workers discovered the “theft of appliances” at 7 a.m. Monday when they returned to the 11000 block of Monaghan Place and found three apartments had been raided, said Diane Richardson, a spokeswoman for the Charles County Sheriff’s Office.

The thieves also left behind a mess: during the burglary, Richardson said, the suspects cut several water lines, causing two of the apartments to flood.

Investigators believe the thefts occurred sometime between Saturday and Monday, when no one was monitoring the apartments, Richardson said.

Anyone with information may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or Text CHARLES + their tip to CRIMES. Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest or indictment.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Matt Zapotosky  |  December 15, 2009; 1:00 PM ET
Categories:  Charles , Manassas , Matt Zapotosky  | Tags: dryers, theft of appliances, washers  
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Comments

Should be a lesson leason learned: patrol construction sites.

Posted by: jckdoors | December 15, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

You should call this piece: "Desperate Measures for Turbulent Times".
With the economy in turmoil, unemployment on the increase, crime will flourish, possibly done by desperate unemployed persons who may have no other means to survive.
It is sad that these thieves have to resort to stealing from a construction company that is probably struggling to survive. If the company was insured, after paying for the claim, the insurance company, no doubt will increase the rates, and will add an additional overhead that this company doesn't need.
A solution to the thieving problem at construction sites might be to post all night guards at construction locations. When I lived in Las Vegas, I worked for a short time for a security company, and one of my assigned jobs was to guard a construction site from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., when the construction crew started to arrive at the site. During all phases of construction, I did not hear of any vandalism or theft after the construction crew left.
I know that this will create an additional overhead for the company, but in future bids, security personnel should be added to the mix, thereby assuring that materials are not stolen or vandalized.
That should help in keeping the job on schedule.
This cost should be worked into the bid, and in the long run, the consumer will have to foot the bill.

Posted by: EduardoDe | December 15, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

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