Today’s item was sent in by burbed reader Pralay. Wow, this is disturbing! Thanks for making sure we’ll never look at an open house the same way again!
Posted: 08/04/2010 04:42:52 PM PDT
Updated: 08/05/2010 08:02:29 PM PDT
It seems thieves in the West Valley are using houses on the market as a marketplace to do their own brand of shopping.
Reports are starting to circulate in the real estate community about people attending open house events and walking off with more than the listing price. The crime usually involves an individual or group of people pretending to be interested in the home and then stealing valuables when nobody’s looking.
Police departments are starting to hear more about the crimes recently, but some real estate agents say they have been taking place for several months. The most recent case happened on Walnut Drive in Campbell last weekend and resulted in an arrest, thanks to the homeowners being alerted prior to the open house event.
"In all my years, I’ve never had anything ever stolen or taken," said Derek Deaton, a Realtor with more than 20 years of experience.
The article goes on to describe some alert Campbell homeowners who staked out their own property during an open house and nabbed themselves a repeat thief. They caught a woman red-handed who was helping herself to perfume and vitamin supplements. Vitamin supplements? Guess that’s what’s worth stealing in Campbell.
I’ve heard of attending open houses for the free cookies, but this is a little too much. Have you any experience with either having something taken during an open house, or actually seeing a theft while attending one?