Burglars tear out bathtub to get copper

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WICHITA, Kansas — Wichita police are investigating a copper theft at a home in the 3000 bock of South Old Lawrence Road.

The homeowner reported it to police around 7 p.m. Monday.

The woman claims people entered her home through a broken window and attempted to remove the bathtub to steal copper pipes.

“Apparently, they didn’t shut off the water when they tried to rip out the copper so there’s water damage also associated with the theft,” said Lt. Steve Kenney, Wichita Police Department. “It’s pretty unusual, I mean that’s a large item to carry out the front door.”

Police say the burglars caused about $25,000 in damage.

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