Burglars stole appliances from 16 condos in one St. Johns County subdivision this week.
It happened late Monday or early Tuesday in the Palisades subdivision, just off St. Johns Parkway. The thieves broke into move-in ready homes, but most units are under construction.
No one was living in the subdivision at the time.
According to a report with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, a building manager with D.R. Horton called authorities to the subdivision Tuesday morning in response to several residential burglaries.
The manager told SJSO he arrived to work around 7:30 a.m. to find the front doors of several move-in ready homes open. Upon further investigation, he realized they had been burglarized.
The man told authorities all condos were locked when he left work the night before. He also said the condos had just been cleaned for sale last Friday, and no one should have been inside but sales representatives and potential buyers.
The report states someone pried open the back screen door and then pried open the sliding glass door to get into the homes. Damage from this alone is estimated at $350.
Eight condos near the main entrance of the subdivision were broken into. The thieves stole stainless steel electric stoves, valued at $457 each, from five of them.
Another cluster of eight condos toward the back of the subdivision was also burglarized. In that case, eight air condition condensers and eight air handlers were stolen.
The report for that series of break-ins states it appears the burglars pried open the sliding glass doors of these homes as well.
The report from the second series of break-ins mentions the break-ins up the road, noting no A/C compressors were taken from the units where stoves were stolen. It notes the units in those condos were marked with stickers saying they were equipped with GPS.
First Coast News reached out to D.R. Horton about this story and has not yet heard back.