A month before the owners move in, vandals allegedly hotwired a backhoe and destroyed a brand-new house.
According to The New Zealand Herald, three individuals apparently sneaked into a New Zealand construction site on Thursday night, hotwired a 20-ton backhoe, and proceeded to demolish a newly completed townhouse just weeks before the owners were supposed to move in.
Construction workers arrived at the site in the Auckland suburb of Flat Bush this morning to discover that much of their hard work had gone for naught. Baljit Dheil, the owner, thinks that the repairs to the townhouse, which cost $675,000, will cost between $200,000 and $300,000.
“We are stunned and have no idea why someone would do such a thing,” she told the Herald. She stated that the officers investigating the crime are perplexed as well. “Even the cops commented this morning that they’d never seen a case like this before, where someone came in and wrecked a brand-new house,” she claimed.
That house wasn’t the only one that suffered damage in the attack. Concrete foundations for an 80-unit apartment development were also destroyed. The seven townhouses that surround the demolished property could have been harmed, but they look to be unharmed thus far, according to Dheil.
DDL Homes, her company, is already installing security cameras and making an insurance claim. Not only will the repairs be expensive, but they will also take a long time. It will take two to three months to obtain new supplies, including a pre-nailed frame, and hire new workers to install them, not to mention rebuilding the real house.
On the plus side, the buyer is unfazed by the news. “What has occurred has happened,” he or she believes, according to Dheil.
While she says that she is in the dark with regard to the perpetrators’ identities, the police were apparently able to reconstruct their movements. By consulting GPS data, they found that the perpetrators had started up a small backhoe at 1 a.m. on Friday and repeatedly driven it over the foundations.
“They didn’t have any key…
they just wired it,” she said.
The resulting damage was so severe that the foundations would need to be pulled. This is a brief summary.