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Appliances In Henry County For-Sale Homes Disappearing

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Henry Co., VA - Homes for sale are sitting vacant and the appliances in those houses have been disappearing. The Henry County Sheriff's Office is asking everyone to be on the lookout for these thieves.

According to investigators, many times this is happening in the middle of the day with witnesses. The problem is that often neighbors have thought it was just someone working on the house, so deputies want everyone to be extra observant.

Someone has certainly been keeping an eye on homes for sale in Henry County. But it's not the kind of attention sellers hope for.

"We haven't ever dealt with this before," said Lt. William David White, Henry County Sheriff's Office.

White said they have had reports of seven break ins to vacant, on the market homes since late December. Each time, he said, the thieves take thousands of dollars worth of equipment, everything from washers and dryers to air conditioners.

"It's very frustrating. From now on I'm not putting any stove, no refrigerators, no dishwashers, no air conditioners, no nothing until 2 days before it closes," said Allen Adams, homeowner.

 The latest victim, Adams, put his home on the market months ago. But just this week, he got a call from police that someone had a different kind of interest in the house.

"Somebody saw my washer and dryer sitting in my carport with a white van parked in the driveway," said Adams.

 He said suspects broke down the door and stole thousands of dollars worth of equipment. Even though he is insured, he will still have to pay the deductible.

"It's hard to lose $5,000 in one night to a bunch of thugs. I worked hard for that $5,000," said Adams.

 White suspects it could be more than one person committing the crimes and he now warns everyone to be on the lookout for anything suspicious.

If someone is caught, they will be charged with breaking-and-entering, and several grand larceny charges all felonies. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (276) 632-7463.
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