When the Richmond resident died in 2010, she left behind a house filled with possessions.
The house in the 300 block of Big Hill Avenue sat vacant and unattended pending disposition of the property. Now, many of those possessions have been reported stolen to police. An inventory of missing furniture, appliances and antiques shows a total estimated value of $7,300, police said Thursday.
They include, according to a police report, "10 antique cast-iron heat radiators," a wood-burning stove, a claw foot bathtub, two refrigerators, a washing machine, an electric stove, a dishwasher, a large ceramic kiln, an antique cash register and an antique cuckoo clock.
Other items reported stolen included a hospital lift system, an antique chest and dresser, two bathroom pedestal sinks, a medicine cabinet with lights, wall and ceiling light fixtures, a typewriter and "numerous antique glass door knobs."
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A police report said the items were taken during the past three months. And while thefts from unattended houses are familiar to police everywhere, this one stands out to Richmond police Chief Larry Brock.
"I can't remember anything to this scale, where they have taken so many items of furniture and fixtures and the whole shebang," Brock said.
A relative of the deceased made the initial report to police Aug. 31, Brock said, but it took several days for the person to submit a detailed inventory of the missing items.
In hindsight, the house was something of a target.
"You have a lot of overgrowth there where it has been unattended for a couple of years," Brock said. "There's a lot of concealment, and if somebody is back in there it's hard to see them from the street.
"There are no houses that are right there close to it" where passers-by would notice intruders or trespassers, Brock said.