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Home Appliances Not Spared by Foreclosed Homeowner

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By : John Cutts    99 or more times read
The former owner of a foreclosed house in Illinois was arrested by authorities after stripping his home of fixtures and home appliances despite having already been evicted. According to local reports, Calvin Townsend took items from the floors, walls and ceiling of the foreclosed property before selling them to his neighbors.

Local police revealed that Townsend practically tore down the house before leaving, creating a damage worth an estimated $100,000. Police reported that walls, floors, the ceiling and almost all parts of the house were damaged.

The local sheriff’s office issued an eviction order on April 26, 2010 against Townsend in behalf of Wells Fargo Bank. Wells Fargo allegedly allowed Townsend to stay at the house until April 28 noon to give him enough time to gather his personal belongings.

However, when a representative of Wells Fargo arrived on the property after the allotted time given to Townsend, the representative reportedly discovered that the house has sustained heavy damage; with doors, sinks and a whirlpool tub ripped out.

Authorities also stated that home appliances were taken, including air conditioning units, water heaters, a chandelier, kitchen cabinets and even countertops. The items were then sold by Townsend to neighbors. However, the former owner did surrender to authorities after he was approached by the police.

Some members of the sheriff’s department stated that Townsend’s action is as good as stealing since the items did not belong to him anymore. This was made worse by the fact that Townsend actually sold the items he took from the foreclosed property.

Police officers were reportedly able to recover most of the items. This leaves the people who bought the items at the losing end since they would be out of the dollars they paid to Townsend. Local authorities have added that Townsend probably thought of recovering the money and effort he put in on the property, hence his decision to take all he could after finding out that he had been evicted.

Real estate observers have stated that Townsend’s case is not an isolated one. Hundreds of foreclosed homeowners all around the U.S. who have been evicted from their homes have tried taking home appliances and other fixtures or have tried to damage the property to probably get back at the lenders who would be taking over their homes.
John Cutts has been educated in the finer points of the foreclosure market over 5 years.

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