New twist in copper thefts: Where's my water pipes?

New twist in copper thefts: Where's my water pipes?

POSTED: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 1:45pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 1:49pm

Copper thefts are not that uncommon, but a recent incident in Bothell was a bit of a shocker to both a home seller and a new homeowner.

An older couple selling their house had just moved out and a new couple was moving in, but when the new homeowner tried to turn on the water, he found there was none.

Former homeowner John Logan couldn't believe what he was hearing because he knew he had left the house in great shape. The new homeowner hired a plumber.

Logan said, "He says, 'Guess what?' And I said, 'What?' He says, 'We don't have any pipes under the house. All the copper is gone.' "

It appears a thief or thieves came to the rear of the home before the new homeowners moved in, removed the cover to the crawlspace and stole nearly every piece of copper pipe under the house, more than 200 pounds of it.

"He called the cops and the cops came in and they said that there had been two other, or three other incidents in the area of the same problem," Logan said.

No one knew exactly when the theft happened or who was responsible, but the insurance company covered the loss.

Homes under construction have long been targeted by copper thieves, who can make a lot of money off the expensive metal, but homes in the process of being sold seem to be something fairly new.

John Logan is among the newest victims and he has this warning for homeowners and homebuyers alike. "If they are out of their house, certainly take care to make sure that they have neighbors watching it or that somebody is close by or it's well locked up."

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