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Thieves target homes under renovation in North County

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Those rehabbing a home that was recently hit by thieves have installed a sign that says "Got an alarm. Thanks guys." Credit: KMOV Those rehabbing a home that was recently hit by thieves have installed a sign that says "Got an alarm. Thanks guys." Credit: KMOV

FLORDELL HILLS (KMOV.com) – Police in North County are warning home rehabbers about thieves that might be targeting vacant homes under construction.

Three homes in Flordell Hills have been hit recently, thieves taking anything they could. Ben Comegys is rehabbing a home on Beldon Drive and Monday morning they came to work to find all the tools had been stolen.

“There was glass everywhere and a rock on the floor,” said Comegys. “They took drills, saws, chop saws.”

His crew repaired the window where the thieves broke in, but the next night they returned.

“We found out they had smashed the window we had repaired, they smashed it out again and stole all of our material, so like lumber paint a dolly roller painting supplies, everything they cleaned us out.”

Comegys has been working on the home for about five weeks and thinks someone must have been watching. The thieves also hit the house next door which is also being rehabbed, stealing all the copper.

Now they’ve installed an alarm system, and are letting the thieves know with snarky signs in the windows that read, “Got an alarm. Thanks guys.”

Comegys says he’s out nearly $5,000 from all the stolen tools, a big hit for a small business owner.

“We like being here but when stuff like this happens it’s pretty demoralizing, and makes a big impact on our business.”

Velda City Police who patrol Flordell Hills say they are stepping up patrols and are asking neighbors to call if they see anything suspicious.

Comegys is also asking for help getting back on his feet, he’s started a GoFundMe page in case anyone wants to help. 

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