Open houses may be a prime opportunity for real estate agents and home owners to show off the potential of a house, but authorities allege that for two women, the potential they saw was something a little different. Two Connecticut women took the opportunity to turn an open showing into a private one, and then allegedly took belongings from multiple open house showings. The pair was later arrested separately and now face multiple charges, including larceny.
Apparently the two women -- aged 44 and 27 years old -- posed as a mother and daughter pair while attending an open house for a home that was for sale. They purportedly feigned interest in the house, and implied that they were interested in purchasing it. The day after the open house, the real estate agent granted them a private showing.
After the private showing, the family returned to their home and found that something wasn't right. Over $6,500 in jewelry was missing. Afterward, a warrant was issued for the two women. Upon discovering that there was a warrant out for her arrest, one of the women surrendered to police. The other was arrested at a later time.
The charges against the two women include both burglary and conspiracy to commit such, as well as third-degree larceny. However, this may not be the first time the two took advantage of an open house. They face similar charges in other Connecticut cities. While the multiple charges in different cities might prompt some individuals to form a preemptive decision concerning the two, the law mandates that both be afforded the presumption of innocence on all charges unless proven otherwise.
Source: NBC Connecticut, "Suspected "Open House Bandits" Arrested Again", , April 11, 2014