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Thieves make off with couples' kitchen sink



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SANTAQUIN -- You've heard the saying "everything but the kitchen sink." Well, burglars who recently went through a home in Santaquin took just about everything, including the kitchen sink!

It's hard to take a kitchen sink. You've got to rip it out and cut the pipes underneath. No doubt it takes some time, but that didn't stop burglars from making off with a sink that belonged to Santaquin couple.

"It wasn't nothing special, just a stainless steel sink," homeowner Jacob Baker said.

Jacob and Amanda Baker are selling their house. In fact, it's under contract. Tuesday when their real estate agent and an appraiser got to the house, they found a hole where the sink was.

"My realtor called me and said, ‘The kitchen sink is gone. Do you know what's going on?'" Jacob said.

Amanda told us, "I was thinking to myself: Why would someone steal that?"

"Maybe a contractor who needs to put that in a home? That's the only reason we could think of," said Santaquin police Detective Stan Eggen.

Eggen has talked with neighbors, who say they didn't see anything unusual. He says officers were able to pick up some fingerprints, but haven't had much luck with them. "We're a little disappointed our fingerprints haven't produced much," Eggen said.

Since the Bakers are moving out, all their belongings are in boxes, so even more things could have been taken. "It's very frustrating for us because we're trying to sell the house, trying to get out of here," Amanda said.

The thieves also took a sewing machine, but not a computer or fax machine next to it. "I guess I don't understand it," Jacob said.

Perhaps the worst part of all: the buyer of the home was supposed to close on the house Tuesday, but had to file for an extension because of all this. Now the Bakers aren't sure if the house is going to sell at all.

So far, the Bakers figure up to $3,000 worth of stuff has been taken. Santaquin police say since the economy hit bottom, crime has gone up in the city.

E-mail: abutterfield@ksl.com

Amanda Butterfield

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