Agent Finds 3 Masked Men at Home Showing
March 12, 2019
An incident in Glendale, Calif., serves as another reminder to real estate professionals about potential dangers that could happen during house showings. A practitioner in Glendale, Calif., was showing a home to prospective buyers when two masked men bolted from the home, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The agent and prospects noticed a car parked in the driveway with a man sitting on the passenger side as they pulled up to the home. He told police that his initial thought was that it was another agent who was showing the home, but he grew suspicious when he saw that the key was still in the lockbox.
The agent opened the door to the home to see two men wearing gloves and masks. They fled from the back of the home and out the front door to the waiting car.
Soon after, police used the vehicle description to pursue the car. After a police chase on the highway, but the three men were apprehended.
One of the suspects was a 16-year-old boy. All three were arrested on suspicion of robbery. Police said they uncovered surgical masks, three backpacks that contained nylon masks, a pry bar, and other tools in the vehicle.
The men gained entrance to the home by smashing a rear window in the house. Police did not disclose the real estate agent’s name.
Take precautions when showing homes and make safety a priority:
“3 Arrested After Real Estate Agent Finds Masked Men Fleeing From Home for Sale,” Los Angeles Times (March 8, 2019)
Updated: May 24, 2019