Copper Burglars Target Vacant 'For Sale' and 'For Rent' Homes

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It's not always easy saying good bye. Especially when what you are saying goodbye to used to be called home sweet home.

"I bought this home two years before my goal, I wanted to buy my first home by the time I was 40, and I did it when I was 38. It was my dream, it was my best starter home," said Nancy Lee, homeowner.

Clint and Nancy put their beloved home up on the market in March, but just a few weeks ago their little house was broken into.

"Something didn't look right, we were looking around and we were like there used to be pipes there," said Clint Pearcy, homeowner.

The copper pipes in the basement were ripped out. The crooks had broken in through a little, tiny window.

"I was so angry. Because we worked hard on this home, we hope it becomes a good home for somebody else," said Lee.

This type of burglary isn't uncommon. Across the Metro, homes with "for rent" or "for sale" signs are often targeted.

But these homeowners aren't taking down the "for sale" sign. They did however replaced the old copper pipes with CPVC pipes. CPVC are made from a plastic material that is actually cheaper than copper.

Lee said she isn't going to let them win.

"Our greatest wish is this to become a happy and safe place for people to live," said Lee.

And that starts with selling their home sweet home.


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