CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Burglars are getting away with stealing appliances.
Because foreclosed homes belong to the bank, some people who file reports don't care to press charges... while others don't even know a burglary happened!
A home in Southwest Cape Coral was just burglarized. A neighbor watched it happen. The Realtor who has the foreclosure listed filed a police report, but didn't bother to press charges. Kynse Agles with Cape Coral Realty said that's normal.
"A lot of the time you don't know if the owner sold the appliances or someone had actually stolen the appliances. If you make an insurance claim or file a police report, you're really not going to be reimbursed for the cost of the appliances."
Agles says 90 percent of foreclosures are without appliances. Even if the homes are bought with them, they are usually gone by move in time. That just happened to one of agles clients.
"The new buyer went to do his inspection last week and all of the appliances had been stolen."
So now, clients are making deals with real estate agents to get something called an 'appliance allowance' incase their new home is missing what it was supposed to come with.
Cape Coral Police said there was a rash of foreclosure burglaries last year. Things have died down since then, but the crimes still happen.