BY KEN LITTLE
The owner of a house in the 100 block of Farnsworth Lane told sheriff's deputies this week that a former tenant who is a suspect in a rental scam may be responsible for the theft of numerous possessions before she moved out.
Two men reported this week that the woman placed an ad on the Craigslist website to rent the property and accepted cash deposits from the victims.
She also may have had an attachment to some of the items in the house.
"When she moved out, [the owner] found items had been stolen," Deputy Mike Shipley said in a report.
The homeowner said that other property inside the house was damaged, the report said.
Property missing includes five milk cans, an irrigation pump, an electric fence box, a Murray riding lawn mower, three push lawn mowers, hand tools, a bedroom suite, an antique sewing machine, a portable sewing machine, a kitchen table, other furniture, a carpet, two storm doors, and dishes, pots and pans.
The value of the stolen items exceeds $8,500.
Meanwhile, two men who gave the same woman rental deposits on the property filed complaints with authorities earlier in the week.
In the first case, a man told deputies he met last week with a woman who identified herself as "Jamie" after seeing a property-rental ad on the Craigslist website.
The woman took him to the house in the 100 block of Farnsworth Lane, and he gave her a $700 rental deposit.
"Jamie didn't own the property and was a prior tenant to [the property-owner]," a report said.
Another man told deputies on Tuesday that he had seen an ad on the Craigslist website about a farmhouse with acreage for rent in the 100 block of Farnsworth Lane, and met March 18 with a woman who also identified herself as "Jamie," Deputy Mark Crum said in a report.
In that case, "Jamie" told the man the property rented for $700 a month, and accepted a $200 rental deposit, the report said.
The man eventually found out the property is owned by someone else, and that "Jamie" is a former tenant.
"No contact has been made between 'Jamie' and the victim at time of report," the report said.
The incidents remain under investigation.