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NEWPORT NEWS -- Thieves are targeting large, top-of-the-line appliances in recently renovated houses in the Denbigh area of Newport News.

Police say since mid-october, there have been more than a dozen reports of people stealing appliances from vacant homes.

'It could be anybody, it could be somebody sitting at home saying this house just got flipped I can go steal their appliances. It could be workers in there trying to make a little bit of extra money during the holiday. It could a combination of those things,' said Detective Thomas Lenoir.

Police say residents s hould be suspicious any time they see appliances delivered one day, and being removed a day or so later, especially if it happens at night.

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