Family offers reward in burglary, flooding of Port Jeff Station home

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A Port Jefferson Station family says they are offering a $2,500 reward to anyone with information about who burglarized their home and left them with flooding damage. 

The Savage family says they returned from a vacation in October to find their home burglarized. They say whoever perpetrated the crime turned on the water in the sink and bathtub, and then blocked the drain with a rug.

Joseph Savage says there was 3 to 6 inches of water in the basement and the house had to be gutted due to the damage. 

He says he didn't have an alarm system and burglars entered the home by forcing open a locked front window. Savage also speculated that the break-in stemmed from a recent dispute with a home contractor. 

Suffolk police say they are still investigating the burglary. 

Chief of Department Stu Cameron says there are some simple steps homeowners can take to protect their home while away on vacation. They include stopping mail and newspaper deliveries and making sure there are no packages left on the porch. 

He also says there are high-tech options, such as alarm systems with cameras and Wi-Fi-enabled light bulbs. 

"The ability to be secure with your house and be reassured that everything is OK with your house, has never been greater," said Cameron. 

The family says jewelry, watches and high-end sunglasses were stolen. They estimate they had $200,000 in damages to their home.

Authorities are urging anyone with information about the incident to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

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