Copper thieves hit two homes owned by Knox Co. man

Copper thieves hit two homes owned by Knox Co. man

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The Knox County Sheriff's Office says if you have a vacant home to check in every few days to make sure nothing has been stolen. The Knox County Sheriff's Office says if you have a vacant home to check in every few days to make sure nothing has been stolen.
"Whoever broke in has done $15,000 to $20,000 of cosmetic damage," added Chuck Ward. "Whoever broke in has done $15,000 to $20,000 of cosmetic damage," added Chuck Ward.
"It really scares me. I hope the law can find out who it is and it won't happen again," said neighbor Sylvia Jones. "It really scares me. I hope the law can find out who it is and it won't happen again," said neighbor Sylvia Jones.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

Stolen scrap metal is a problem law enforcement is all too familiar with. But the Knox County Sheriff's Office says in the past two years they've seen a spike in metal thefts from rental or vacant homes.

That's the case for a South Knoxville man who says not one, but two of his homes up for sale were hit by copper thieves in one weekend.

Chuck Ward owns a home off Highland View Drive and says he's fixing it up to sell. But he'll have to spend even more money on repairs after copper thieves turned his basement into a scrap yard this weekend.

"They came in through a window. They broke this window out," said Ward.

There are snipped wires, missing pipes, and Ward says both of his air conditioning units were stolen. "Whoever broke in has done $15,000 to $20,000 of cosmetic damage," added Ward.

To add insult to injury, about five miles away on Martin Mill Pike, Ward's other property was hit that same weekend. Thieves didn't get away with as much, but he says he's just as angry.

"Anything they could do to get some copper out of they tore up and tore out to get a few bucks of copper," added Ward.

Ward believes he was the target because of his for sale signs, "If you've got a sign on your front yard, you're taking the risk of someone doing something to your house that you've spent several thousand dollars making new."

He says he's filed reports with the Knox County Sheriff's Office, as well as warned his neighbors. Now, everyone is keeping an eye out and hoping the thieves don't strike again.

"It really scares me. I hope the law can find out who it is and it won't happen again," said neighbor Sylvia Jones.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says if you have a vacant home to check in every few days to make sure nothing has been stolen.

Also, it's a good idea to ask a trusted neighbor to watch for any suspicious activity. They also recommend posting emergency contact information somewhere inside the house that way officers know who to contact if there's been a break-in.

 

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