Wet Bandits Freeze Omaha Home

Any burglary can feel like an invasion. It can leave people scared and angry.

One recent break-in has the homeowner a bit more angry than scared. Picture Marv and Harry from Home Alone -- they are the original wet bandits. And some copy cats may be doing the same to homes here in Omaha.

From the outside of the home, the damage is already apparent. Ice covers the backside of the home and more ice has turned the drive way into an ice skating rink.

The homeowner pointed out the exact spot burglars came in; they pried open the front door.

It was in the basement that the crooks turned on the water valve. In an unheated house the pipes eventually froze, breaking one up on the second floor. This created a waterfall pouring down onto other levels of the house.

The water damage is estimated to cost 15 thousand dollars. For a home already under renovation, that cost will put any current repairs on ice.

If you have any information on this crime, please call Omaha Police at 402-444-7867.

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