Tuesday, February 28, 2012

An Elaborate Theft On The Island

Not the actual house. Photo courtesy Google Street
Two Soulard residents were victims of a well-orchestrated heist over the weekend.

Think Leverage but completely reversed. A team of scumbags stole from two great Islanders who are building a new home in the neighborhood. This wasn't your average theft by any means.

It all happened on Lami where it dead ends into Highway 55.

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The new home is under construction, but most appliances appear to have been put in. The thieves appear to have been after those. They shut off the breakers and gas for each appliance and put carpet squares down on the floors to keep from scratching anything.  They even removed a stove top from an island that took 3 people to put in.

An alarm system had been installed but happened to have not been activated when the last construction worker left on Friday.

Here's an excerpt from the email I got about the heist:

Some time after 2 pm Saturday afternoon and 9 am Sunday monring, our new home that is under construction was broken into. They pulled a truck on the side of the house that is next to I-55 and broke in one of the french doors on the back. They made very few marks coming in so they were professionals. They also knew exactly what they wanted, our appliances. They took every appliance that was hooked up and running in the kitchen, they shut off the correct breaker for each appliance and each gas line, putting down carpet pieces that we had in a spare bedroom so they did not scratch the floor. It took 3 people to install our stove top in the island so there had to be multiple people in there. They also took the tankless hot water heater off the wall in the basement. This was not done by copper thieves, because there where copper pipes just laying on the floor of the basement that were not touched. The police believe it may have been an inside job from one of the contractors that have been working in there in the past. Luckily for us, we have serial numbers for everything they took. They did also rummage thru the drawers in the kitchen to also take the manuals for all the appliances. Misc tools and cords were also taken. Not so lucky for us, is the alarm was not set by the last contractor that left Friday evening, so the alarm did not go off.

 If you happen to have any information about this incident, you can email me and I will forward it on.