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Thieves target vacant properties being flipped near Broad Ripple

Posted at 7:31 PM, Oct 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-29 10:14:17-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A woman trying to flip houses in Broad Ripple says new appliances and air conditioning units have been stolen.

Robin Landon, the owner of L2 Acquisitions, says they have had things stolen from their properties three times in the past few months.

"We have been chaining down our AC units with pretty thick chain, and concrete them in on the side," Landon said. "Obviously that wasn't enough."

The loose chain and chopped wires are still hanging outside of the house near East 42nd Street and Ralston Avenue where someone stole the AC unit.

A few blocks away at another property, Landon says they stole the furnace and the water heater.

"They [thieves] know it's vacant unless they see some sort of sign or something that is going to keep them from going in," Landon said.

Landon says the thieves are also impacting them from potential sales.

"We were in the middle of a contract on that one house and then we had to spend a few weeks wondering whether or not they are going to buy the house because they need to know if that they are going to be safe where they live," Landon said.

Landon says they are adding cameras and security systems to their properties, but hopes building relationships with neighbors will help keep thieves away.

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