JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Northside neighborhood attracted the attention of thieves as three homes in the 2300 block of Eisner Drive were hit. The crooks made off with central air conditioning units.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office estimated the loss at more than $10,000.
Neighbors say there is another cost involved as vacant homes are a magnet for property crime.
"They come here and smoke drugs, they can do whatever they want to do," said Elizabeth, who discovered the vandalism and preferred her last name not be used.
All three homes showed evidence of clean cuts on cooper and electrical lines leading to the outside AC units.
Realtor Gene Jones says vacant homes and vandalism are a problem that hits homeowners in the pocket book.
"Somebody coming from out-of-town that doesn't know the neighborhood and sees several vacant properties in a subdivision are thinking, I don't want to live here. So that deters or hurts the value of other homes in the neighborhood," said Jones from his office on Dunn Avenue.
There are no suspects in case. A resident saw a white van in the neighborhood several times, according to the police report.
Elizabeth says will be on alert.
"I'll be calling the police from now on when I see something that is not right. We got to protect this neighborhood," she said.
First Coast News