CHESTERTON | A foot of water was discovered in the basement of a house, where copper thieves apparently took two sections of pipe and left the water running for hours.
Chesterton police were called Thursday to a home in the 500 block of South Calumet Road.
The owner told police he bought the house and was in the process of remodeling it so he could resell it.
The owner reported he left the home about 5 p.m. Wednesday and returned the next morning to find the backdoor kicked open and the basement flooded.
The owner found two copper pipes missing from the basement and additional damage to the plumbing, which caused the flooding.
It appears the copper thief used the owner's tools to cut out the pipe.
Police estimated the water caused $1,000 damage to the basement. The value of the copper pipe was listed as $100.