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Sandy-hit homes ransacked while families away for Thanksgiving

At least three homeowners in the hard-hit area of Breezy Point, N.Y., were robbed while away for the Thanksgiving holiday -- losing items like two jars with $400 in change, watches and a coin collection valued at $25,000.

"This just adds insult to injury," Robert Bainbridge told the New York Post of the break-in at his home, which was flooded by Superstorm Sandy. 

"Whoever did this is not thinking, 'This could happen to me'," added Bainbridge, whose family saw floodwaters swamp their recording studio and destroy two cars.

Bainbridge, who lost the two change jars, later taped a sign on his door stating: "I am here and armed -- come on in".


A neighbor lost the coin collection and two watches, one a retirement gift.

"We've lived here for 30 years, and nothing like this has ever happened," the neighbor, a woman who asked not to be identified, told the Post.

In a neighborhood hard-hit by Sandy, even people who are storm victims themselves find ways to bring Thanksgiving to others. NBC's Kate Snow reports.

A third homeowner who also remained anonymous returned to find many of her drawers had been rifled through. A laptop and jewelry were taken from the home, which is still without power and whose living room, dining room and bathroom were destroyed in the storm.

PhotoBlog: Cooking a Thanksgiving feast in Breezy Point

The owner at first did not realize she had been robbed since so much of the home was damaged.

“Our house is in bad shape," she told the Post. "It looks like an earthquake hit it."  

Breezy Point saws 14 break-ins from Nov. 12 to 18, the Post noted, compared with none a year earlier.

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