Empty homes in south St. Louis neighborhood being torn apart by thieves

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by Matt Scesny / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 7 at 4:07 AM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Residents of a south St. Louis neighborhood are growing frustrated after a string of break-ins of unoccupied homes.

In the past six weeks, 13 homes have been broken into, most incidents resulting in stolen copper piping.

Police tell News 4 there have been reports of residents getting partial descriptions of a vehicle, but Alderman Joe Vaccaro says residents are being asked to keep a vigilant eye out; especially when homes are easy targets.

“They see the ‘for rent’ and the ‘for sale’ sign, they know it’s easy pickings for them,” said Vaccaro.

Homes near Lindenwood Park that are for sale being torn apart inside for the copper pipes.

The overnight thefts have been going on for weeks, and usually the crimes are not discovered until days later when the owner or real estate agents checks on the house.

“We’re going to work with the police to get this stopped now- we don’t want it to get to 14 or 15, we want it stopped now; and the police are watching,” said Vaccaro. “It’s just a difficult crime because they sneak in and are in the basement.”

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