Syracuse family struggling after December fire now victim of 2 break-ins in 2 weeks

Published 03/07 2014 11:47PM

Updated 03/08 2014 12:17AM

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - A Syracuse family whose home was nearly destroyed in a fire late last year is now the target of a group of thieves.

The Lewis family lost many of their belongings right before Christmas and now part of their neighborhood has become a breeding ground for criminals.

As they try to salvage things in their home that were destroyed by the December fire, they are now dealing with thieves stealing what little is left.

“I think the break-ins are more devastating than the fire was because somebody’s casing my house, their taking it and they are coming in and out like they live here,” said Michelle Lewis.

Two break-ins in just two weeks as thieves made off with copper pipes, a surround sound system and a furnace.

But the thieves did leave behind footprints in the snow and damage where they tried to kick in the door.

“I called the police and he checked out the footprints and we went through the house and went in the basement and that night is when they came back and messed up everything,” Lewis said.

The Lewis family home wasn't the only one targeted in the past two weeks. The thieves broke into two other homes on Onondaga Street and neighbors are now taking precautions to protect their homes, by adding bars to their doors and alarm systems.

“It’s not that many of us and we're on the park and in a secluded area and one of the lights is out and it makes it really dark,” Lewis explained.

Lewis has boarded up her windows and the side of her home where the thieves were able to get in.

The family is now removing everything from the home with little hope of ever returning.

“I love my house, but maybe its just time to go,” Lewis said.

Leaving behind 14 years of memories as they try to rebuild their lives.

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