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Squatters' scam: use items from 'staged' homes

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) - Kitsap County sheriff's deputies say it appears two squatters arrested this week in a modest vacant house in Port Orchard, Wash., spruced up their temporary home with furniture used for "staging" at other homes for sale.

KOMO-TV reports ( http://is.gd/7TEED3) the two are accused of going online to real estate websites and finding furniture and appliances they could use.

Neighbors noticed the new occupants of the long-vacant home right away, introduced themselves and became suspicious.

Inside the home, deputies found brand new furniture. Police reports say some of it came from a nearby home for sale and belonged to a real estate agent who had staged the items to make that home look attractive.

Deputies say 44-year-old Doug Card and 23-year-old Lareydo McNeill were arrested for investigation of burglary and possession of stolen property. They're due in court Monday.

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Information from: KOMO-TV, http://www.komotv.com/


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