SANTEE, Calif. (KGTV) – Some inhabitants in a Santee community are reporting household furniture thefts, including pricey patio sets, as household furniture price ranges carry on to spike.
Just off Woodglen Vista Drive, neighbors say their peace of brain has been stolen.
“So I walked up to my mailbox to get my mail, and I turned all around and I was like, ‘Oh my God. Where’s my furnishings?’” mentioned Janice Hebert.
On Wednesday, Hebert uncovered front deck, just about empty. Just last week, she experienced purchased a $2,200 patio home furnishings established, with a couch, table and three chairs. The only issues remaining: two plastic chairs and one particular chair from the set.
“Disgusted, aggravated. We do the job really hard for issues, and just for an individual to choose it, it pissed me off,” stated Hebert.
A number of hours before, and about a fifty percent mile absent, a $250 fire pit desk, such as the propane tank, vanished from the front of Jill Kinser’s household, along with several potted crops.
“It hurt my heart, due to the fact I just felt like, somebody had been shut, in my residence. Your dwelling is exactly where you feel safe,” stated Kinser.
The thefts occur as selling prices for furniture go on to surge, up 9.3% calendar year to calendar year in January, according to U.S. Dept. of Labor studies. The furnishings industry stays one particular of the toughest strike industries when it arrives to offer chain problems.
“Now I’m just upset, since someone arrived into our community and just went buying,” said Kinser.
It’s a purchasing spree Hebert fears will just hold going.
“If they are not caught, they are just heading to keep stealing items,” explained Hebert.
Last calendar year, SANDAG reported a 10% increase in property crimes in the county.
Deputies say they haven’t observed a surge in home furniture thefts, but have opened up investigations into equally incidents.
Anybody with information and facts on the instances can phone Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or the Santee Station directly at (619) 956-4000.