Burglaries reported in homes that have undergone termite fumigation

Local pest control companies are seeing an increase in break-ins into homes that are fumigated for termites.

The second break-in in two weeks reportedly occurred Sunday night in Arroyo Grande when the house was evacuated during the fumigation.

The first break-in occurred on October 29th in Grover Beach.

Central Coast Termites owner Greg Crist got the call when his crew arrived to dismantle the tarps.

“They broke open the door with a screwdriver or something similar,” said Crist.

A camera in the house took pictures of the intruder turning on the lights and rummaging around the house.

The family said he took several valuable items with him when he left.

The last break-in was similar. When the crews arrived, they found that the tarpaulin had been tampered with and that there was evidence of a break-in.

“The tarpaulin was raised and the sandbags removed,” said Jim Fortelny, owner of Leadership Fumigation.

Leadership Fumigation is the company that does the camping once the pest control company, in this case Central Coast Termites, does its inspection.

When the crews arrived to dismantle the tents and saw the break-in, they called Fortelny, who then called the police to inform them of the incident.

“They went upstairs and took some jewelry and a computer, then left a jewelry box and bolt cutter on the sidewalk and left,” said Fortelny.

While this is the second break-in during a fumigation in the past few weeks, Fortelny says he has known 8 of it in the past few months.

They ask customers to take all valuables out of the house during the fumigation.

KSBY reached out to Arroyo Grande Police and Grover Beach Police who said they are aware of the situation and there is an active investigation.

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