Collier Co. Sheriff's Office: Hurricane shutter thefts becoming a trend
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COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Tis the season for severe weather. But, owner of Naples Shutter Brian Trecek said it is also a time to steal.
"Somebody found out, hey it is an easy way to make buck, there are a lot of people in tough times in this economy so they're doing it." Trecek said.
The Collier County Sheriff's Office is warning about this growing crime. Seasonal residents who think they're protecting their homes by putting the shutters up before leaving for summer, but are actually giving thieves an opportunity to pounce.
" It is easy to do nobody is there, you know they aren't there because the metal panels are on the homes. So, for somebody to come by take out a couple of screws, they can go get money for metal panels." Trecek said.