Looting case

The Catoosa County Sheriff's Department is investigating a looting case, in which someone has been stealing from a house on Briarwood Drive that was ravaged last month by a fire. (Catoosa News photo/Adam Cook)

The devastation continues for a Catoosa County family that had its home burglarized a month after it was destroyed by a fire, police say.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff's Department, on Feb. 6, deputies received a burglary call for 139 Briarwood Drive inside the gated WindStone community, and learned that thieves were stealing from a home that was ravaged by a fire on Jan. 3.

The victim says the family hasn't been living in the home since the blaze destroyed the majority of it, but that he learned his HVAC unit is now missing.

The incident occurred sometime between Feb. 2 and 6, police say.

Deputies say an extension ladder was stolen in addition to the HVAC unit, and that the total value of the stolen items is approximately $5,250.

The home became engulfed in flames just after 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 3, but was eventually extinguished by the Catoosa County and Tri-Community Fire Departments.

No one was injured during the fire, but the home has been deemed a total loss.

State insurance investigators determined that the fire originated in the attic of the home, but have yet to released a cause.

Anyone with information about the stolen property is encouraged to contact the Catoosa County Sheriff's Department at 706-935-2424.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at acook@npco.com.