Copper Pipe Theft- I just Got Robbed Last Night! Part 2- Arrest Made!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Jeff Lund-Income Property Specialist- Bellabay Realty LLC

Today I got a call from the detective handling the recent break-in of our rehab property... they made an arrest!

It seems that the copper thieves had been found to rob over 75 (that are known) properties in the Northwest Grand Rapids Area!

The bad news... there will be a slim chance of receiving any monetary compaensation, and I will never get back my charger/radio from these bad guys.

If the police are asking me if I have any other vacant homes in the area, that leads me to believe that this is just the tip of the iceberg that's happening.

Tip of the day: If you have a vacant house that has not been broken into, odds are that you are next... diminish all of the 'flags' that you can: cover easy viewing windows, turn on interior lights on at night, have exterior lighting, remove the newspapers piled up, etc.

Jeff Lund

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Eric Reid
Renaissance Realty Group of Keller Williams Atlanta Partners - Lawrenceville, GA
This is a growing business in Georgia we have copper pipes, water heaters, interior doors, toilets, Heat pumps you name taken from houses. Vacant house the new chop shop.. need cash quick find a vacant house pull wait you can .. resell it to some builder / remodel move on
Apr 09, 2008 07:58 AM #1
Chuck Christensen
Your Financial Coach - Bellingham, WA

Jeff sorry to hear you got ripped off, get a copy of the arest report to verify the theft...your  homeowners insurance should take care of replacing it.

College student usually love the free rent and warm place to live. I know some of them that really like being homebodies and since they don"t have much...can move from house to house...and sometimes you end up haveing a few of them in the house. You could also charge them for the water and electric so they will be more conservative.

Apr 09, 2008 08:01 AM #2
Randy "Lazarus" McAtee
Lazarus Realty - Fresno, CA
Owner/Broker, Lazarus Realty, Fresno California
These thieve steal $50.00 worth of pipe that cost $500 to $5000.00 to replace and sell it for $5.00.  It really is a shame.
Apr 09, 2008 08:27 AM #3
Zen Ziejewski
Keller Williams Realty - Laguna Niguel, CA
Laguna Niguel Real Estate
Jeff, It's a shame that people are so desparate to steal copper piping. sorry to hear that you won't be able recoup anything from the loss.
Apr 09, 2008 09:11 AM #4
Robert Machado
HomePointe Property Management, CRMC - Sacramento, CA
CPM MPM - Property Manager and Property Management
Hopefully you  have insurance.  The bad guys are out there for sure.
Apr 20, 2008 06:09 PM #5
William Coats
Prudential Preferred Realtors - Battle Creek, MI

Big problem in Battle Creek also...I had one of my properties hit a few months ago and I am seeing more and more furnaces, duct work, wiring getting ripped off...I think that engraving an address on copper pipes could catch some of the theives because they have to show ID to get paid at the scrap-yards...the people that hit my house took plumbing, eaves and gutters, even the kitchen sink??? I think that the people that run scrapyards know what is going on and they know who comes back on a regular basis and should be prosecuted just as harshly as the people that strip the houses...

Jun 05, 2008 04:13 PM #6
Brian Kreick
Willinger Real Estate - Wenatchee, WA

This happens a lot in Dayton, OH.  I had a few break ins on vacant property.  I have also seen chain link fenses and metal siding stolen in the same area.

Jun 06, 2008 03:03 AM #7
Jeff Lund
Jeff Lund-Income Property Specialist- Bellabay Realty LLC - Grand Rapids, MI


Yes, I have insurance, but my deductible is 1K, and the losses are about 750, so I won't file in hopes of keeping my reates low...


Jun 06, 2008 10:11 PM #8

Vandalism of vacant homes has increased considerably since the rise of foreclosures began.  Beyond copper pipe, thieves are taking wiring, appliances and even granite counter-tops.  We have had a large increase in sales of LaserShield Wireless Home Alarms from contractors, property managers and banks to protect their REO or spec homes.

Oct 21, 2008 11:01 AM #10
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