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Neighborhood Watch organizers to address foreclosed homes

ATWATER — When thieves broke into a Granite Drive home, they stole the stove, dishwasher and microwave. They also took all the interior doors and thermostat. In the end, they even swiped the shower heads and toilet seats.

The vacant house, with a for sale sign out front, is just one of Atwater’s foreclosed homes that’s been vandalized by people who want to sell the appliances for quick cash.

It’s a crime that’s becoming more common, though it can be prevented, Neighborhood Watch coordinator Ted Brodalski said.

“If we don’t get your help, these guys get a free ride,” he said Wednesday

Atwater’s Neighborhood Watch will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Community Center, 760 East Bellevue Road.