Thieves in South Florida Allegedly Strip Foreclosed Home

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Eight South Florida men who allegedly burglarized a million-dollar home in foreclosure didn't leave much behind.

The major appliances were taken, of course, but the thieves even swiped toilets, cabinets, tiles and copper wire.

The men were arrested on charges of burglary, criminal mischief, grand larceny and possessing burglary tools.

The men claim they were helping the former resident move out after he was foreclosed on. But the Palm Beach County prosecutor says no legitimate homeowner would so thoroughly loot the place.

"You don't literally strip the house," Mary Ann Duggan said in court Thursday.

Seven of the defendants were free on bond, but the eighth was given no bail because the arrest violated his probation.


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