BY KEN LITTLE
A Greene County man who recently took in a mother and daughter who told him they were fleeing religious persecution came home Monday afternoon to find the pair gone, along with many of his possessions, sheriff's Deputy Robert Livingston said in a report.
The victim told deputies that the 43-year-old woman and her 18-year-old daughter had been staying at his house in the 1100 block of Bill Jones Road for about six weeks.
They "had come to him with a story they had been religiously persecuted in Montana and had to leave their home with almost nothing," the report said.
The mother and daughter left Monday after renting a truck in Johnson City, the report said.
They "may be headed back to Montana," the report added.
When the man returned home on Monday, he noticed the mother and daughter "took several items that did not belong to them," the report said.
Missing from the house were $500 in change, a Comcast DVR box, antique crocks, a sports memorabilia collection, a painting, sheets, towels, curtains and canned food.
In addition to the missing change, the value of the other possessions is about $2,300.
The woman and her daughter are named in the report as the primary suspects in the theft.