Metal thieves target Indianapolis Habitat for Humanity home

Nearly finished home stripped of copper wire

INDIANAPOLIS - Contractors have to start all over with crucial electrical work after thieves targeted a Habitat for Humanity home on the north side of Indianapolis.

Police were called Monday morning to the home, which is nearing completion, in the 3100 block of Broadway Street when workers discovered the weekend break-in.

Police were told that scrap metal thieves cut copper wiring all over the home, making off with the wiring in some rooms and leaving the severed cables in others.

Thieves have been ripping off construction sites all over the city over the past year, according to a review of recent theft reports, with criminals apparently aiming to cash in on the valuable metal at area scrap yards.

The loss was pegged at $1,500 worth of wiring, while the window that was broken to gain entry was listed at $300.

Police listed no suspects or leads in their theft report.

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