Thieves use an internet ad to target appliances

Reported by Lynda Figueredo - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley- email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Some thieves are using the internet to target appliances from homes that are for sale.

Rachel Wilson recently moved into the Stones Edge neighborhood where thieves took  a washer and dryer, a stainless steel electric range and dishwasher, and two air conditioning units.

A sliding glass door was broken into at that house and damage to floors was estimated at more than $12,000.

Wilson is one of the only residents on the block and said it is easy for robbers to come in and clean house.

"The sign on the corner says we have open house a lot, and the sign indicates that no one lives here," said Wilson.

Another break-in happened at home on Bramton Road, where thieves took the washer and dryer by simply cutting the hose and stole the oven out of the kitchen.

Neighbors said the day before the robbery, they saw people with a large truck pull into the driveway and peek into the windows.

The sheriff's office has received several reports of appliances that have been stolen from advertised homes for sales.

Information officer Charles Smith says although the homes for sale are listed on the internet, he believes the thieves are simply driving by and looking for vacant properties.

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