Thieves using web listings to target vacant houses
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The internet has become an invaluable tool for realtors and home sellers, but some recent break-ins in our area raise questions that on line listings may be providing thieves with a blueprint for where to find vacated premises.

Recent police reports show several appliances have been stolen from vacant homes up for sale. Several thousand dollars worth of appliances were stolen from a home on Bramton Road in Wilmington last week including a washing machine, dryer, and stove.

Thieves also broke into a home for sale on Stone’s Edge Loop Road. Both homes are advertised on the internet with pictures and descriptions of the stolen appliances. Police say they cannot confirm there is a direct correlation between the ads and the break-ins.

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In the paper it also mentioned the houses on Shackelford Dr and Brays Dr. This will be the 4th time one of those houses have been broken into. Each time there has been a report filed. I think patrols need to be stepped up in neighborhoods they know this is going on in.
I'm sure patrol does get stepped up in certain areas, but it's not always that easy. The sheriff's office has 7 deputies on the street per shift. Four up North and 3 down South. Each deputy is assigned a sector with one person roving. It's hard to be in two places at once. And if someone is sick, now they are short their rover