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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Silver Lake burglars take advantage of a slow real estate market

Burglars struck a pair of new homes up for sale  in the 2400 block of Corralitas Drive in Silver Lake, taking everything from appliances and countertops to toilets and, yes, the the kitchen sink.  The houses, priced at $669,000, were cleaned out some time after a Sunday open house on Jan. 9 and the following Thursday, according to the Corralitas Red Car Property blog and information provided by LAPD Senior Lead Officer Al Polehonki.  The burglars apparently had a taste for the homes’ high-end appliances and finishes, described here in the listing:

“Incredible Gourmet kitchen showcases Fisher Paykel stainless steel refrigerator, stainless steel 5 burner stove, and double dishwasher along with custom concrete polished counters in kitchen and prep-island, Franke stainless steel under mounted kitchen sink and Stainless steel hood.”

Burglaries of new and empty homes for sale are relatively rare in the Northeast Division, which includes Silver Lake. Detectives could only come up with two or three other similar crimes that took place in recent months, Polehonki said. Still, Polehonki said real estate agents and homeowners should make sure their properties remain secure while houses sit empty and unsold.

“With the real estate market being what it is, a lot of homes are sitting empty,” Polehonki said. ” It provides a perfect opportunity for suspects to come and try to hit these places.”

Photo by Ian Mattoo/Flickr



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One comment

  1. Sorry but I don’t feel sorry for the developer/bank owner of these houses. I’m sure they already claimed it on the insurance. Wonder if the thives resold the stuff at the Dodger swap meet.

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