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Copper pipe stolen from 2 vacant homes

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Police are investigating reports of copper water lines that were stolen from two vacant homes this month.

A homeowner reported Tuesday that someone got into a house he was renovating to sell in the 2400 block of Indian Creek Road near Trafalgar, according to a police report. The water line was cut and removed from the home’s basement and crawl space, and about 80 feet of copper water line worth about $700 was missing, the report said.

Copper pipe also was taken from an empty house in the 7800 block of County Road West 50S near Morgantown, police said. A subcontractor reported Wednesday that someone broke a front door handle on the house sometime after Jan. 4, got inside the home and stole copper water lines. The person who stole the copper pipes cut the water lines under the kitchen sink and ripped out sections of the ceiling in the basement to cut more pipes, according to a police report.

The house was being remodeled to sell, and many contractors had been working on it, the subcontractor told police.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the thefts.

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