The items removed from the home included an air handler, air conditioning unit, oven, stove top and dishwasher, reported by the Surprise police. The estimated cost of repairs due to damage to the home could reach $20,000, Surprise police Chief said at a news conference earlier this week. The police are not tolerating this type of criminal behavior and it has been noted that the arrest was an attempt to deter those who believe stripping a foreclosed home is ok. It is not.
Investigators later submitted the case to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. A grand jury indicted the man on charges of criminal damage and defrauding a secure creditor, giving police probable cause to arrest the former Surprise resident about 1:25 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9th. It is important that residents are made aware that it is illegal to cause any damage to a home or remove any fixtures from a home that is in foreclosure. In this particular case, the suspect was booked into jail on suspicion of criminal damage and defrauding a secured creditor.