Woodstock home looted after online ad goes awry
by Rebecca Johnston
October 26, 2012 02:52 AM | 3739 views | 3 3 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Woodstock — When a Woodstock family placed an ad on Craigslist offering “free stuff” to those who stopped by, the response was a lot more than they expected.

Pamela Hobbs called 911 Wednesday to report that people were loading up her household goods, including an antique sewing machine, when she got to her house at 204 Sunnybrook Court, according to a report filed with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

“A female had taken some items that were not part of the ‘free’ items that were being given away, via a Craigslist ad,” and would not give them back, the report said.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they found several people there with pick-up trucks, loading up stuff on the lawn and from inside the house and hauling it away, the report reveals.

When the deputies questioned the people, they said they were answering an ad that said “Everything must go.”

“There were several people on-scene who showed me the Craigslist ad on their smart phones. The ad did mention free items to be given away at 10 a.m., and everything must go. I then asked Ms. Hobbs why she would have an event like this at her home and no one was here to supervise it.” The deputy wrote in the report.

Turned out, Hobbs’ son, Michael Vercher, placed the ad, but did not mean all the stuff — just the stuff the family wanted to get rid of.

“They posted that everything must go, everything was free,” said Lt. Jay Baker with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. “There is not much for our investigators to follow up on in that case.”

Hobbs was not at home when the “sale” began, and those that showed up just went inside and began to help themselves.

“She said her son was the one who set it up and placed the ad. I asked her how the people got into her home. She said the front door was unlocked,” the report says.

Missing from inside the house when the owners showed up were three guitars and a computer monitor. Vercher told deputies two of the guitars were acoustic and one electric, all with hard cases. He also mentioned a Hewlett Packard flatscreen computer monitor was taken, the police report said.
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High Plains Drifter
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October 26, 2012
Who just walks into a house and starts lifing things when the owner isn't there? Burgulars!

The stupid is strong in this case.
IceDogg
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October 26, 2012
Sorry, the public isn't buying this one...

The house was being foreclosed on. It would be safe to assume that was due to financial issues. Nobody gives stuff away when the creditors are coming their way. And it was too convenient that they weren't home when the event was scheduled to begin.

This is obviously a planned, but poorly orchestrated, attempt to make the local news, garner the sympathy of the community, and benefit from donations and contributions.

They think we are stupid.
JDTBQ
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October 26, 2012
There's something hinky about this story.
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