Police said Thursday that thieves were targeting homes without power.
Lisa Davis said that her Lockbourne Road home was targeted twice in one week. She lost a laptop computer during the first break-in and jewelry and a flat screen television during the second.
"We had to clean up in here," Davis said. "We had it ransacked. They went under this bed and took everything that was there."
Davis said she lost more than $5,000 worth of valuables.
"Every time I leave here, for the past three days, something has happened," Thomas Davis said. "They broke down my door twice."
Thomas Davis said that the thieves took everything he had, including his job. He said he lost his job because the break-ins cost him too much time off work.
Linda Ayres lives off McGuffey Road in north Columbus, she said that someone used a crowbar to pry open a door and believes it was too dark for thieves to get the job done.
"My TV's sitting crooked," Ayres said. "They tried to pull it off the wall and couldn't get it off the wall."
The television is no use to Ayres now. The burglars cracked the screen while trying to take it.
Police said that there is not much homeowners can do if they leave to seek relief. Officers suggested residents ask their neighbors to keep an eye on their homes while they are away.
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