A family planning to move into their new home in Congress was shocked last week to learn that the entire kitchen had been stolen just hours after they did a final walk through.
According to a report from the Wayne County Sheriff's Office, the family went to look at the Pine Street house after finalizing the paperwork Friday, only to find that the kitchen's cupboards, countertops and sink were all missing.
Responding deputies said the cabinets appeared to have been removed from the studs by a power drill. The sink had also been cut from a water pipe.
The robbers used doors from the house's closets to cover the windows while they committed the crime, according to the report.
"We are accustomed to handling cases where copper pipe has been stolen from homes that are vacant and are for sale, but I cannot recall a case where actual cabinets and countertops have been stolen," said Captain Doug Hunter.
One of the owners, a father to young children, expressed his frustration in a Facebook post Friday:
To the people who felt like it was ok to steal our whole kitchen ruin our family dream of owning a small piece of land that we WORKED so hard for, for our young CHILDREN to grow up in... now they feel threatened and sad because you stole that from them.
After walking around the home, the owner discovered that a window on the first floor in the back of the home had been left open and unsecured.
The owners told deputies they were in the process of closing on the house, as it had been sitting vacant for about two years. They walked through the house on Thursday and said the kitchen was intact.
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage agreed to repair the damage and replace the cabinets, according to the report.
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