Appliance thieves targeting vacant homes in Ada County

Thieves have broken into a least five Ada County homes — either vacant or in the process of being sold — since mid-September and stolen stoves and/or refrigerators from inside.

In four of the five break-ins, there is no sign of forced entry. In one case, thieves broke through the back door of a garage. It appears the thieves may be getting in through unlocked windows. They then steal the stove or refrigerator and take them out through a door.

The homes are located on Linder Road, Floating Feather Road, Eagle Hills Way, N. Star Road, and W. Ustick Road.

The first theft was discovered on Sept. 16. The latest was Oct 14.

The thieves like to steal stainless steel appliances. It is unclear how the thieves are identifying which homes to break-in to.

People with vacant homes or in the process of selling their homes are urged to keep all doors and windows locked at all times — and check on those properties regularly.

Outdoor motion detector lighting around doors can help. Talk to your neighbors. Ask them to keep an eye on a home you are trying to sell or have to leave vacant — and if they see anything strange going on to call Ada County dispatch at 377-6790.

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