I blogged a few months ago about a house I had just listed that is a foreclosure property. Look at http://activerain.com/blogsview/636586/COPPER-Theft for all of the details on the damage to the house.
This property is rural and down a long gravel road and is very secluded. I finally get a contract on the house and we are scheduled to close tomorrow. I get a call about 10 am this morning from the selling agent stating that the buyer went out to the house and there is a white truck parked in the driveway and a duffel bag lying against a tree by the truck. I told her that I will go out and see if I can find out what is going on. I had a lunch meeting and felt it would be ok to check on it after the meeting since there would be a chance that I wouldn't make it back in time if I had went out prior to the meeting. I just got out of my lunch meeting and on my way back to the office, the selling agent calls me again. She told me that the buyer got the license plate and found out who it belonged to and called the owner about why their truck was there. To her surprise, the owner told her that the truck was reported stolen about a week ago. The buyer then called her agent and that agent in turned contacted me.
I told the agent that I will be contacting the Sheriffs office and have them meet me out there. I called the Sheriff Department to request assistance in checking out the house and investigating the truck. I was told that the owner of the truck just called and they were dispatching an officer as we were speaking. I told her I was on my way and would bring the key to the house to check it out as well. WOW, what excitement!
When I arrived at the house, there were three Sheriffs vehicle and four officers. We searched the house and thankfully there was no more damage. It was in fact the truck that was reported stolen about a week ago. The officers called in CID (criminal investigation division) and they soon showed up to do finger prints and search the vehicle and the duffel bag for evidence. The duffel bag had the probably suspects clothes in it along with some personal information on them. They took that into evidence and called the owner to come get the truck or did he want them to have it towed. The owner finally showed up about 20 minutes later and put air in one tire and put some gas in the tank and we all drove back to work.
This was an interesting two hours. The thing I though about is that I probably would have checked it out on my own. This would be dangerous because you never know what you might walk into. I thought about that because our Board of Realtors recently sponsored a Realtor safety training and it was told that on the average, 9 Realtors get killed every year.
Keep Safe Out There!!!
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