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Residents find evacuated apartments ransacked

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Residents returned to their evacuated apartments on Monday, only to find they had been ransacked. Residents returned to their evacuated apartments on Monday, only to find they had been ransacked.

Residents forced out of a Atlanta apartment complex after a water leak returned to find their homes had been ransacked.

Tenants at the Resident at Waterscape were told to evacuate the building immediately on Sunday. They say the units were declared unsafe because a water leak compromised the structure.

"The firemen came knocking door-to-door telling us we got to get out. I didn't have a chance to get my stuff," said Laverne Tarvin.

When the residents of four apartments returned, they found their apartments were in disarray with mattresses upended, drawers ransacked, and jewelry, computers and other valuables stolen. Someone had apparently used a crowbar to break into their homes.

"This is eight families. Eight families displaced now have been vandalized," said resident Tarvin, whose apartment was ransacked.

Tarvin says she asked management if she could return to get her belongings, but they said no. She says they claimed the building had to be secured and was collapsing.

Residents say they are unhappy with how management handled the incident. They claim they asked complex management to post a security guard at the building but they refused.

Management would not comment to FOX 5 about the incident, and FOX 5 crews were asked to leave the property.

Residents say not only are they worried about finding a place to live, but worry about recovering what has been lost.

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