The vandal causes more than $ 200,000 in damage. Video / Tips
Vandals demolished a brand new $ 675,000 home after breaking into a construction site overnight and apparently plugging in a hot shovel.
Workers arrived at the Flat Bush site this morning to find vandals sent a 20-ton excavator bucket crashing into the house’s roof and walls, meaning it would now need to be rebuilt. totally.
They also used a second, smaller excavator to damage the concrete foundation laid for an 80-apartment complex also under construction at the DDL Homes site.
DDL Homes owner Baljit Dheil said the seven townhouses attached to the destroyed house did not appear to have been damaged.
But if they were to be rebuilt as well, repair costs could exceed $ 1 million.
The damaged house was also only a month away from being handed over to its new owners.
“We’re shocked and really don’t know why someone would do this,” Dheil said.
She said she had never heard of a similar incident.
“Even the police said this morning that they had never had a case like this where someone walked in and demolished a brand new house,” she said.
GPS data from diggers showed the vandals had been at the site for hours.
They started the first smaller excavator on Friday at 1 a.m. and used it to “attack” and roll over the concrete foundations of the new 80’s apartment complex, which had all been pre-sold.
The damage meant all foundations now had to be removed and put back in place, Dheil said.
She didn’t know how much it would cost.
The vandals then started the 20-ton backhoe around 3:30 a.m. and tore up the townhouse.
In preparation for handing over to its buyers, everything had already entered the house, including the kitchen and bathroom finishes. The workers were only waiting on the carpet and the parquet.
Now, the total reconstruction would cost between $ 200,000 and $ 300,000, Dheil said.
There would also be a two to three month delay as all materials – including the pre-nailed frame – had to be reordered and delivered again, and the builders rehired.
There were also concerns that the other seven townhouses attached to the house were also damaged. The inspectors would now take a look.
“It doesn’t look like there is any damage, but we have to check it out,” Dheil said.
She said he was lucky the 20-ton excavator couldn’t be easily turned or maneuvered to face the other seven dwellings, or who knows what might have happened.
The buyer of the damaged home took the news of the vandalism as philosophically as possible, saying “what happened has happened,” Dheil said.
She had no idea who the vandals were or how they started the digger.
“They had no key… they just wired it,” she said.
DDL Homes is now filing an insurance claim and said an appraiser will come to inspect the damage.
The site did not yet have security cameras.
But DDL Homes was working on putting security and cameras in place after thieves broke into the site’s portable container a month earlier and fled with computers, microwaves and other property.
Police confirmed they were investigating, but said investigations were still in their infancy.
“Anyone with information can contact the police by calling 105 and quoting file number 210611/6076,” a spokesperson said. “Information may also be provided by Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
A knock on the door of nearby neighbors by Dheil’s team has yet to yield any clues.
“We’ve been around the whole neighborhood, but nothing at this point.”
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This notice was published: 2021-06-11 06:24:03