Thieves target vacant homes for easy access to scrap metal
You hear the sound of pounding and a lot of racket coming from the vacant residence next door. You wonder, “Maybe someone bought the place and they started remodeling?”
Then, you look at the clock: It’s 3 a.m.
Vacant residences, of which there are many in Berwyn and Cicero after the collapse of the housing market, have become easy targets for scroungers and scrap dealers who creep in and bust through walls to get at the copper water lines, yank radiators from the floors and take anything else that has value.
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