More than 1200 rental units means thousands of feet of copper wire ripped off before anyone could even move in. It is believed to be one of the largest copper thefts the Prince George's County Police have ever seen.
The PGPD has arrested three suspects wanted for a string of 82 copper thefts. They are identified as 24-year-old Marlon Glenn, 21-year-old Sean Sibley, and 25-year-old Marco Samuel Howard.
Police say they are certain this is the trio, as they were caught on surveillance tape unloading their copper loot at a PG County scrap yard. As they allegedly collected cash, the value of damages left behind is dizzying.
Police say the three suspects caused $700,000 in damages, removing copper pipes from an apartment complex and PVC fittings from sprinkler systems -- which flooded units with ankle-deep water.
Construction worker Eddie Davis says a few units had to be taken out, referring to Atlee Drive, where police found 56 units stripped bare.
"It's possible when you know what you're doing" says Davis. "You come in here and go right to what you want."
But ABC 7 found the break-ins weren't too difficult to conduct, as apartment after apartment was found to be unlocked.
Detectives arrested Sibley on June 16, 2013 in Bowie. Howard turned himself in to the PGPD on June 19, 2013, and Glenn was arrested on June 19, 2013 at his home.
Sibley is charged with first degree burglary and other related charges, while Howard and Glenn are charged with third and fourth degree burglary and theft.