Sheriff: Nearly-finished home suffers around $50K in damage after someone shut drains, turned on water

Authorities said another string of construction thefts and vandalism in Olmsted County are likely related.

Posted: Sep. 12, 2018 10:38 AM
Updated: Sep. 12, 2018 10:48 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Authorities said another string of construction thefts and vandalism in Olmsted County are likely related.
Overnight Monday into Tuesday, a large steel job steel box that contained tools and equipment was stolen from the 9300 block of 50th Ave. NW. The box weight several hundred pounds, authorities said, and was worth a couple thousand dollars.
The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office said that theft is likely connected to vandalism of homes under construction in the 1400 block of Riverwood Ct. SW.
A deputy was taking a report about a theft of construction equipment when he began to look at other houses under construction.
One house showed signs of forced entry, had white paint splattered all over the cabinets, walls and floors.
A second house had damage after someone shut the drains in two upstairs sinks and turned the water on. When a deputy entered the nearly-finished home, water was coming through the ceiling, water was pouring out of light fixtures and water was pooling in the lower level.
Damage is estimated around $50,000.
A third house had around 1-2 inches of water in the garage after someone turned on a spigot in the garage.

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