Man catches burglar holding 'estate sale' at his house

Man catches burglar holding 'estate sale' at his house
Captain Manuel Balderas (Source: KCBD)
Captain Manuel Balderas (Source: KCBD)
Beatris Arguello(Source: KCBD)
Beatris Arguello(Source: KCBD)
Maria Cornett (Source: KCBD)
Maria Cornett (Source: KCBD)
1800 Block of Quincy, Plainview (Source: KCBD)
1800 Block of Quincy, Plainview (Source: KCBD)

PLAINVIEW, TX (KCBD) - A Plainview man is facing multiple charges after being accused of holding an estate sale at someone else's house last week.

According to officials with the Plainview Police Department, officers were called to a home in the 1800 block of Quincy in Plainview, TX on May 11, 2016 just before 2 p.m. after a man found people carrying items out of his home.

Police officials say the man asked two women who were there what was going on and they said they purchased the items from the estate sale. The women told the man the estate sale was advertised on the Facebook page Plainview Buy Sale Trade.

The man holding the estate sale unknowingly told the homeowner he was having an estate sale. The homeowner told the suspect it was his house and he was calling police.

While the homeowner was calling police, the suspect left the scene.

The suspect was taken into custody the next day after being caught with stolen property from the home, according to police.

Beatris Arguello is a Plainview resident and says she is blown away by the accusations.

"What got in his head, what possessed that person to do this, it's unfathomable," Arguello said. "It's just not Plainview at all."

Maria Cornett says Plainview residents are friendly, upstanding people who are a close knit community.

"That upset me quite a bit because he had the audacity to go into somebody else's house and pretend it was his and selling their things that don't belong to him," Cornett said. "Now that is a no-no."

Lois Cantrell is an administrator for several Facebook garage sale sites in Plainview and says she was extremely surprised as well.

"The fact that it was being advertised over a Facebook site, that was a little bit scary for me especially as an admin," Cantrell said.

Even police say this was something new in their town, but Captain Manuel Balderas says something did stand out to him.

"The guy who performed this scheme is somebody who is not a local, he was from out of town," Balderas said. "So he may have seen that somewhere else and brought it here. It kind of gives us a little wake up call."

Cantrell says ways to avoid online scammers include getting a bill of sale and having the seller meet you in a public place.

"You can call the police department and find out if these people are legitimate," she said.

Arguellos says doing something like this should be beneath anyone.

"The person who did it should have thought better than to do something like this in a small town because everybody knows everybody, everybody hears everything around here and it was just uncalled for," Arguello said.

The suspect is currently being held on a more than $20,000 dollar bond.

"We have a wonderful community around here that if they were hungry or thirsty, we would feed them," Cornett said.

The suspect was originally charged with possession of stolen property, but the charge of burglary of a habitation was been added. He is being held in the Hale County Jail on a $20,200 bond.

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