While walking a rural property deep in farm country, I noticed that the lights on a pole barn near the home were on. Squatters are a regular problem, and we often find homes that have been trashed, or at least lived in recently. I'm always cautious when I open a door to a known break-in. You never know what you're going to find. [caption id="attachment_1881" align="aligncenter" width="425" caption="The Christmas lights gave the barn a festive feel."][/caption] If it weren't for the lights (and the broken lock on the  door), I wouldn't have known there was a break-in here. The building looked like your standard abandoned barn, but the floor was too debris-free. It was as if the intruders had followed the sign hanging from the rafters: Pick up after yourself. [caption id="attachment_1882" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="A clean sweep."][/caption] It almost seemed like whoever came in here did so to do us a favor. The lights were a nice touch, and much of the floor had been recently swept. Still, I re-secured the barn door, turned off the lights, and briefed the crew on the rest of the job. It was a big one, and I'll have more on that in a future post.

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