It's the pride of every homemaker--a fancy new kitchen. But the kitchen inside a model unit at Clayton Homes in South Wichita caught the fancy of thieves.
"It's very disappointing," general manager Kevin McCracken says. "We had hoped to have this thing ready to show to the public within a couple of days.
The kitchen was furnished with the latest appliances along with upscale cabinets and counters. Then thieves broke in overnight and stole everything.
The appliances were black Whirlpool brand. They included a side-by-side refrigerator, dishwasher, glass-top range and under-cabinet microwave. The crooks also took the stainless steel and glass range hood. They also stole the wood cabinets off the walls. They made off with everything including the kitchen sink!
McCracken says there must have been more than one person, and they must have had a truck. This was no five-minute job. He says the heist must have happened sometime between 9 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday.
"We came in, and the master lock was cut off the front gate, so we knew something was wrong," McCracken recalls.
The missing appliances, cabinets, counters and sink, along with all the damage add up to several thousand dollars. Police say the thieves may have stole it all for themselves or to sell.
Clayton homes is located at I-235 and South Seneca. You can watch the video to see what the stolen items look like.