Bricks, a few 2x4s, and other items left at East Texas construction sites are gold mines for thieves. Authorities say construction site thefts have been on the rise in East Texas over the past few months.
Some builders have even put up fences to secure their sites, but the locks and fences aren't stopping thieves. Authorities say they've even resorted to breaking into newly built homes.
"It costs a lot of money to build a new house and all the appliances to go with, so there is a heavy cost associated with it and people who are stealing from these sites are aware of that," say Lt. Mike Shapaka.