Update: Two teens have been arrested in connection with this case.
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. - A dream home has turned into a nightmare for a family in Noblesville. The husband and wife are building what is going to be their family’s new home, which has 7,000 square feet on 12 acres.
The homeowners say the house has been broken into three times over the last four weeks, adding extra time and cost to a project this family has been waiting years to see happen.
“At first it was just a shock. Why would anybody want to do this?” said homeowner Tiffany Williams.
In April, Williams found her new build broken into. There were a few fixtures missing and there was damage to the walls and floors.
“The second time it became a little more personal. Not really sure what the motivation is-- what’s fun about this? And then the third time, we’re just over it,” she said.
“They’re damaging materials, damaging walls, they’ve torn apart cabinetry. It’s very expensive, finished type items,” said Jesse Garner, the home’s contractor.
The alleged vandals were caught on surveillance cameras while running away from the home on a recent visit. Garner thinks local teens may be to blame.
“Bored and nothing to do cost these homeowners over $50,000,” he said.
Plaster and grout were thrown on windows and walls and on the most recent visit, the vandals left behind an image of a swastika.
“With each break-in, it’s been more and more damage because we’re further along in the construction process which gives them more things that they can tamper with and they are. They’re tampering with a lot of costly materials,” said Williams.
Completion of the dream home is now delayed by a month for the soon to be family of four.
“They’re excited. They’ve saved up their whole lives to do this and now here they’re having the joy kind of stolen from them,” said Garner.
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s office is beefing up patrols to the home. Deputies want builders to make sure all their construction is properly secured before they leave the site.
If you have any information that may lead to an arrest, the homeowners are offering a $1,000 reward. Call 317-776-9887 to report any information.