Woman Loses Belongings In Mistaken Estate Sale

A woman became the victim of a mistaken estate sale, where dozens of people came into her home and made off with nearly everything.

By nowproducerdave on April 3, 2018
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How helpless this poor lady must have felt when people just kept showing up and taking things from her home. It’s unclear if she was actually home at the time, but the door was “unlocked,” that’s what we know (though I’m assuming she wasn’t home).

Her neighbor a few houses down was having an estate sale. People were showing up to that house to look through things, claim things, and find good deals. Apparently someone wondered down to her house at some point during the other person’s estate sale, and thought that things at her place were free to go as well. Word spread, and within minutes, “dozens of people” were running through her house, collecting items. She says that cash was taken, jewelry, computers, anything that could be picked up in a hurry. People were even piling things in the back yard with a “taken” sign, presumably to come back later to grab.

See also: Why you should always use the deadbolt lock in hotel rooms.

Estimates are saying that as much as $20,000 worth of items, and probably more, were taken from the home. After the story hit local media, someone actually returned a box of things, so there are some good people out there, but for all the rest of the things taken, they’re probably long gone. No witnesses to identify anybody who took things, so the chances of her getting her things back are slim-to-none. But why was her door unlocked if she wasn’t home (which again, we’re not 100% sure she was gone)? If she was home, did she try to tell the people that there wasn’t a sale? Perhaps the rush of people coming in and grabbing things was too much to handle and she went unnoticed. Whatever the case – lock your doors whether you’re home or not. Check out some more on the mistaken estate sale here. Have you heard of anything like this happening before?

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