BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) _ Authorities in southwestern Illinois’ St. Clair County say thieves who are targeting homes that are being built have stolen materials worth more than $500,000 in recent months.
Sheriff Rick Watson tells the Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/1hgQ0Zm ) that the culprits have made off with copper wire they can sell for scrap, as well as high-end appliances.
Authorities say thieves took $60,000 worth of items from one Millstadt house in October. That included a $7,000 stainless steel barbecue, a $5,000 gas fireplace and about $5,000 worth of interior light fixtures.
Many of the thefts are taking place at night or early morning.
Information from: Beleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com