Police, owners trying to stem recent rash of RV break-ins in Fife

Police, owners trying to stem recent rash of RV break-ins in Fife
FIFE, Wash. -- They may be mobile, but in the dark of night they are targets unable to move.

Fife RV dealerships and nearby trailer owners have been hit by a rash of break-ins. The thieves don't try to steal the RVs and trailers -- just electronics.

"And they're not taking the remote controls," said Patti Bellucci, who works with Sumner RV.

Their Fife location has been hit twice recently, with around a dozen of their RVs were broken into. The small company doesn't have a bulk discount with big manufacturers. They buy all the electronics right of the shelf, so the loss hits twice as hard.

"This is all coming out of our pockets, basically," Bellucci said.

At nearby Fife RV, Matt Cazier walks by a range of high-end mobile homes, some that cost as much as $500,000. Some have power cords and exposed cables inside because thieves have broken into more than thirty of his campers just since December.

"They know that they're fairly vulnerable. It's quick. It's in and out," Cazier said.

Fife RV has lost an estimated $30,000 in equipment and decided to hire a security guard. That has helped the thefts taper off, but it has cost man hours and even more money.

Bellucci is simply disappointed. She fears drugs and addiction are fueling the odd crimes. She wishes her homes, mobile or otherwise, could be safer.

"It just really hurts. It's really sad," she said.