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Tenant evicted and steals appliances by Wizard (Georgia) on August 11, 2010 @22:40

I went through the entire eviction process and received a judgement by the courts. Tenant was told to vacate and pay all past due rent and fees. He was to told to be out on August 10. Well, he was out, but he also stole my stove, fridg, and dishwasher!!! Once I entered the house, I immediately called the police and was told there was nothing they could do???? I showed them a lease, court judgement, receipt, pics of appliances and NOTHING. He says that its a Civil matter and I must go through the courts. This is completely absurd to me. The officer told me that if someone would have broken into the house and stole the items, this would have been criminal, but the fact that I knew who stole them, makes it civil!! Any wise information out there?
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Re: Tenant evicted and steals appliances by Monipenny on August 11, 2010 @22:44 [ Reply ]
Go to the prosecutor and press charges. That is absurd. Stealing is stealing, what does breaking in or not have anything to do with it? People steal from stores all the time and police will make arrest if they catch them, they sure don't have to break into a store to be charged with stealing.
Re: Tenant evicted and steals appliances by Teena (IL) on August 12, 2010 @08:01 [ Reply ]
Hello wizard,
That just doesn't sound right.
The police should have made a report,doesn't matter if it wasn't a break in.
Sounds like you got a couple of slackers that day!
It is truly absurd.ANd so wrong!!

I would call them again,ask for a supervisor and insist on making a report!That is your right.
Theft is theft,knowing them or not has nothing to do witht it.
His reasoning on the law just doesn't sound correct to me.
You need a report for your insurance as well.
I had something stolen from a unit and they made a report-no problem.They knew it was needed for ins claim,etc.
Call again,insist on a report today!
Let us know what happens.
Best of luck.

Re: Tenant evicted and steals appliances by Anonymous on August 12, 2010 @08:18 [ Reply ]
Another reason why I never include appliances. I would pursue this further with the authorities. Whoever told you this is civil is mistaken.
Re: Tenant evicted and steals appliances by Eric (MN) on August 12, 2010 @18:40 [ Reply ]
And is there anything in this tenants background that would suggest that this would happen?

I would think so...

Re: Tenant evicted and steals appliances by xxx on August 16, 2010 @11:40 [ Reply ]
i had a tenant take some appliances when he moved out, refused to return them, and so i called the cops

he was arrested, i got my appliances back

Re: Tenant evicted and steals appliances by Anonymous on February 13, 2011 @07:47 [ Reply ]
Man. The same thing happened to me. My called me to let em know that my tenant was moving out. I rushed to the place to find two guys with a rental truck outside the apartment. I call the cops opened the truck and found all my appliances in there (Washer, Dryer, Microwave, Stove, DW) cops didn't do a thing ask the goofs to put all appliances down and let them go. After checking I found out one of the guys involved was a well known criminal to police go figure!
Re: Tenant evicted and steals appliances by Christopher Nixon (NC) on October 23, 2012 @23:01 [ Reply ]
We had this issue today except there was no eviction the tenants just skipped out. The local Sheriff and Magistrate said it IS civil and will not take any action. Of course we have hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of civil judgements from past tenants out there already and never got anything from that. I asked the Sheriff if they took all the copper and wiring would that still be civil, he said it is their home as long as they are renting it and they can do what they want to the unit as long as they are there anything that breaks the lease would be civil.
Re: Tenant evicted and steals appliances by Jason R (GA) on December 2, 2013 @11:18 [ Reply ]
OMG, this is ridiculous. Mine just left out as well and has stolen my WASHER and DRYER. I am calling Section 8 and will see what happens.She is lying and claiming that someone in a white truck who claimed to have been sent by me came and picked them up.

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