Thieves make off with furnace, oil tanks from vacant Augusta home

Posted March 19, 2012, at 7:19 a.m.
Last modified March 19, 2012, at 3:33 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Thieves have been known to steal copper pipes from vacant homes, but the bandits who broke into an Augusta house made off with much more.

The owner of the home called police last week to report that not only had the copper been stolen, but the furnace and circulator and two oil tanks were also missing.

Police told the Kennebec Journal that the theft could have occurred any time since November, when the home last was rented.

The owner lives in Massachusetts and came to Maine to check on the house.

The incident report did not indicate how the equipment might have been removed or how much oil the tanks held at the time of the theft.

Police estimated the losses at more than $5,000.