Police said on Tuesday that several businesses and homes have been broken into during the power outages.
Thomas Davis said that he returned to his home to check on his cats to find that his door had been kicked in.
“I was on my way to work this morning, and I stopped in to check on my animals, and I noticed my door was open,” Davis said. “I called the cops, and they pretty much kicked in he door.”
Davis, who lives on Lockbourne Road, said that his power has been out since Friday.
“You can see the footprint on the bottom here, so I mean, they hit I pretty hard,” David said.
According to Davis, his neighbors said that they heard a loud noise at about 2 a.m.
Davis was staying at his in-laws because he said it was too hot to sleep at home.
Police said that criminals have taken advantage of the fact that many people have left their homes because of the heat.
“Talk to your neighbors, a trusted neighbor, ask them, ‘Hey, keep an eye on my house. I’ll keep an eye on your house,’” Columbus police Sgt. Rich Weiner said.
Davis said that he was thankful his five cats did not escape through the open door. He was mad that thieves got away with thousands of dollars worth of electronics.
“It’s unfortunate,” Davis said. “Don’t take advantage of a bad situation, it’s too hot out here, and people are too frustrated to come home and deal with something like this,” Davis said.
Police suggested using solar-powered lights to keep homes lighted, because areas without light attract criminals.
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