Dozens of burglaries reported at home construction sites

Dozens of burglaries reported at home construction sites

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

It is a concern for every home builder in our area. Construction sites are a prime target for burglars. These thieves are targeting high dollar, newly installed appliances and construction materials. 

The latest in a string of reported burglaries includes a house that exploded a couple of weeks ago in North Lubbock. A suspect stole a gas stove that was already installed. 

"They just ripped it out of the wall, which left the gas pipe exposed and flowing gas into the house and at some point it filled up enough to where some sort of ignition and source set it off and the house exploded," Sergeant Mark Wims said. 

Wims said what was so frightening about the explosion was it happened blocks away from an elementary school. Since it occurred on a Sunday, no one was around or injured. 

"It moved out of the property crime realm into something that's a serious public safety threat," Wims said. "We're worried every time someone steals something that's connected to a gasoline." 

Dan Wilson, president of the West Texas Home Builders Association and owner of Dan Wilsons Homes said he is fed up. His company's suffered four burglaries in the past month alone.

"Enough is enough, thousands, literally hundreds of thousands of dollars have now been stolen out of houses," Wilson said. "Materials and goods are stolen, sold on black market at a discounted rate and it's just a matter of time before those guys are apprehended." 

Wilson said builders are ramping up security by installing alarm systems, cameras, and even having people stay late to monitor the site.

"Builders in Lubbock have reached a point of frustration to where they may be someone in that house even if there are no builders around." 

Wilson said it is crucial the public helps. 

"If you live in a subdivision where new construction is taking place, be aware of any traffic up and down alleys at night time because most of this is happening during the dark hours, during the middle of the night, and should you see any suspicious activity, please call the Lubbock PD," Wilson said. 

Another way to spot a potential suspect, deals on appliances that seem too good to be true. 

To help solve these cases, Crime Line has increased the reward to $1,000 for information leading to the identification and arrest of suspects related to these new home construction burglaries.

People with information on these types of cases are asked to call Crime Line at (806)741-1000. Callers can remain anonymous.

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