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Crime Trackers: Thieves stealing appliances

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We have heard of burglars breaking into homes to steal electronics, jewelry or cash. Lately, they are breaking into vacant homes and stealing high ticket items.

“They take the refrigerators, washer dryer, stove,” Community Resource Officer Kara Curtis said.

During a weekly meeting with the commanders in midtown,  they looked at the crime stats. They noticed.

 “A little bit of an increase to vacant homes,” Curtis said.

In response, she took to NextDoor and other social media platforms to let residents know about this trend they were seeing.

“Because it’s going to draw that element into their neighborhoods," Curtis said. "They can pick up the phone and dial 911, and get us out there to find out if anybody out there poking around these homes are legitimate or maybe there for another reason.”

Curtis said many times, the homes have been remodeled and have upgraded the appliances.

Kristian Kluge, Tucson Appliance manager said, every week, “a real estate agent or a flipper or a land lord will come in. They're replacing some appliance stolen out of a vacant house. It's common. It happens once a week. “

“Washer, dryer, together run $799 to $2,000 a pair," Kluge said. "Built in appliances, like built in fridge, can run $10,000 to $15,000 depending on the brand. Regular dishwasher $300 to $1,400.”

The thieves then resell the appliances. Some even go on Craigslist. Curtis says that is when the unsuspecting buyer is getting a good deal, but they are actually buying somebody's stolen items.

Tucson police are suggesting writing down the serial numbers of the appliances so police can track them down. 

They also advise that homeowners need to check on their property regularly.

"Know your neighbors so they can call if there is something suspicious," Curtis said. "Maybe leave the radio on so it appears if someone is there. Put a timer on the lights. If you live next to a vacant home, if you see anything suspicious, you can always call 911.”

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