The Savage family in Yaphank, New York came home from vacation to find their home flooded from the top to the bottom. The home wasn't just flooded, the whole place was ransacked and had been robbed. Apparently, the burglars left the showers running and plugged the drain with a rug as some type of calling card.
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The home wasn't just flooded, the whole place was ransacked and had been robbed. Apparently, the burglars left the showers running and plugged the drain with a rug as some type of calling card.
Their Port Jefferson Station home was burglarized while Joseph, his wife, and three children were away on vacation last month. Now, all the walls have been pulled down to replace all the damage done by the water.
Police said the damage was discovered by the grandparents who arrived to perform a safety check on the residence. "Left the kids outside. They were with my father on the front lawn crying. We walked in and our hearts just dropped," Savage said.
The Savage family just remodeled their dream home in September and police don't know yet if the crime was random or a personal vendetta. Many are comparing the act of crime with the movie Home Alone where Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci leave the water running as a criminal calling card dubbing themselves the 'Wet Bandits'.
The crime has left the Savage family devastated and forced to gut and rebuild their home. Suffolk Police Chief Gerard Gigante told residents to invest in a security app that can alert smartphones when there's trouble at home.
"There’s a myriad of things that you as a homeowner can do on your own that can increase your awareness, give you instant notification there’s been a break-in, someone on your property, or a flood in your house," Chief Gigante said.
Detectives are working to catch those responsible for the theft and flood while the Savage family is offering a $5,000 reward for information that can lead to the arrest of those responsible.
The family is now staying a hotel room in the next town and hope to be in a rental home by Christmas.
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