‘They abandoned me:’ Convicted Pigtown man’s home looted after explosion, police presence questioned

BALTIMORE — The man who lived in a now-convict house in Pigtown after a explosion this week spent time talking to the police on Thanksgiving morning.

He says that expensive electronics and tools were broken into his house after the explosion.

Jacob Booher was on his way to Boston for Thanksgiving when he got a notification on his phone from his home security system that made him turn around.

He saw firefighters in his house and he knew something was wrong.

Officials responded to the explosion in the South Baltimore neighborhood on Tuesday. A woman and a teenager who were in the home were injured in the blast, but rescued by a 70-year-old Navy veteran which is in critical condition.

Many people in the area heard a “boom” when the explosion occurred.

“It sounded like someone took a hand grenade and threw it and it went boom,” a local resident told WJZ.

Booher returned to his house on Thursday to pick up more of his belongings — things he couldn’t get out of his house on Tuesday.

But he says what he discovered were things missing from his house, after being told the Baltimore City Police Department would be watching over his property. Now he is devastated.

“Someone went through my house and stole a lot of stuff,” he said.

Booher says some televisions, a PlayStation and large, heavy tools were stolen.

“A chop saw, a router table,” he said. “It was a procession of people to get those things out of here. It wasn’t one man who was very fast.’

Baltimore police and forensic teams were home Thursday. WJZ contacted the police to ask about a possible investigation, but we did not immediately hear back.

“I’m beside myself right now because the city boarded this up and they abandoned me,” said Booher.

Jacob says he doesn’t feel protected. So he takes matters into his own hands.

“Now before I go to Thanksgiving dinner, I’m going to cut planks and come back with hardware to seal up the house,” he said. “Then I feel safe.”

The only bright spot for Jacob and his girlfriend on Thursday was that their cat Banshee – who had been missing since they cleared the house on Tuesday – has been found.

Booher told WJZ she was in the basement and they found her today when they were clearing out more of their belongings.

People living in the area said WJZ construction crews have been working on gas lines for about a month. They said they smelled gas leading up to the explosion.

BGE, and its private contractors, confirmed they were working about repairing and upgrading a gas line in the same area as the explosion.

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation

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