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Bandits Get Away With Entire Kitchen, Surveillance Shows

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COLLINGDALE, Pa. -

Bandits strike and get away with an entire new kitchen.

The house is almost sold; it's under contract. But early Friday morning, someone broke in and stole all the new appliances. Police say this has happened about half a dozen times in this area in recent weeks but this time, the thieves were caught on camera.

Collingdale police say these two guys broke into 1202 Montgomery Ave early Friday morning to steal appliances. But the video cameras on the building across the street caught them in the act.

Three of them went inside the building and disconnected all the appliances and then pulled up a truck and loaded them up and took off," says Bob Argaugh, of budget services.

This is not the first burglary of its kind. Police believe whoever is doing this is watching the housing market, hitting homes that are listed for sale.

"We had four to five in the last few weeks. Lansdowne has had one or so. Upper Darby has had a couple with a similar MO. The houses have been remodeled or refurbished and ready to go on the market with brand new appliances," says police.

They enter by breaking into the realtor key box.. Using the key to walk right in. The cameras caught their truck leaving; you can see all the appliances in the back. Unfortunately the tail lights make it impossible to see the license plate.

"It appears to be a late model Ford with some distinctive characteristics that we're following up on, the tires, the muffler placement," says the investigating officer.

Adding insult to injury, in most of the cases they not only rip off the homeowners, but they also leave a little something behind too.

The thieves use the bathroom at the property. Because these properties have no water, the excrements don't flush down the toilet.

The houses that have been hit have all been listed with different real estate companies. Police say they believe the alleged thieves are selling the appliances for scrap at about $30 or $40 a piece.

Police say there was an eyewitness who was too afraid to call. They want to remind everyone that you can call police and remain anonymous. If the truck or the people in the video looked familiar to you call police.

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