Richmond County sheriff’s investigators have seen a surge in kitchen appliance thefts and are asking homeowners to beware.
Sgt. Paul Godden said investigators have seen two to three reports of appliance thefts every day for the past two weeks. The thefts of refrigerators, stoves and other appliances are generally occurring at vacant houses for sale or rent.
Investigator Kendall Brown, the coordinator of the CSRA Metal Theft Task Force, said the items will likely wind up sold at recycling centers.
He said it’s the newest turn the area is seeing in metal-theft trends. Vehicle battery thefts also have increased during the past several weeks.
Investigators are asking that homeowners mark their appliances or keep records of the serial numbers to assist the sheriff’s office in the event of a theft.