Washington Home Emptied After Craigslist Ad Gave the OK

A fake ad posted last weekend on Craigslist led to property being stripped off of a rental home in Tacoma, Washington.

“In the ad, it said come and take what you want. Everything is free,” Landlord Laurie Raye said.

She had cleaned out the house after evicting a tenant.

Not long after the ad appeared, neighbors saw strangers taking items away. They made off with a sink, light fixtures, the hot water heater, a vinyl window and the front door.

Raye said Craigslist told her they would need a subpoena or search warrant before they could release information about who posted the ad.

Police Detective Gretchen Ellis said: “We’ve had prostitution things happen, rental scams, fraudulent activity. In this case, it appeared the items were going to be given away, but they were not.”


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