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Thieves In Wayne County Are Making A Profit From Abandoned Homes

Posted September 10, 2001

— Deputies in Wayne County are warning bargain hunters to stay out of flooded houses.

They say people are going in and stealing everything from lights to carpet from homes damaged during Hurricane Floyd. Hundreds of abandoned homes are waiting to be torn down right now.

It is illegal and officials say even going into the homes is also dangerous.

"You've got the danger of people going in and hurting themselves trying to remove things. You could step on a nail or pull out a muscle trying to pull a cabinet off the wall," says Wayne County planning director Connie Price.

Officials say there are also dangerous mold spores still lurking in the abandoned homes. Deputies say they may ask for felony charges if they catch anyone even going inside.

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