Two men hired to help with eviction allegedly rob tenant
Atlanta police are searching for the suspects
Take your things and get out! Or, in this case, we’ll take your things after you get out.
Two men in Atlanta who were hired by a landlord to assist with evicting a tenant allegedly returned sometime later and stole the tenant’s electronics at gunpoint, WSB-TV reported.
A Ring camera allegedly captured the robbery that took place late last month, the outlet reported.
The footage shows several men who worked for WDS Eviction Services evicting a tenant from an Angier Avenue home, leaving items in the driveway as a marshal looked on.
The marshal left when the items were removed from the home, but the two alleged assailants had hidden themselves behind some of the items that belonged to the victim. The two then confronted the victim and his friends as they were moving the items into a vehicle, the outlet reported.
“The marshall and the sheriff, they pulled off and three guys come back saying something like ‘y’all got us messed up,’” the victim told the outlet. “And all of a sudden I start seeing guns coming out. I look at it that, somebody is already getting evicted and now you going to come with guns just to get their TVs.”
Atlanta police were still searching for the suspects as of last week.
“It’s kicking somebody while they down,” the victim, who declined to be identified out of concern for his safety, told the outlet. “They were hidden behind dressers and up under a mattress. I guess they were going to come back once the sheriff left. But by us being there that’s when they had to come down and say we going to pull pistols now.”
A $2,000 reward is being offered to anyone who assists with the arrest of the suspects.
The eviction process can sometimes go awry. In Philadelphia recently, a landlord-tenant officer shot a woman in the head, raising concerns about how the city’s court system sometimes ejects renters by using a security detail that isn’t sworn law-enforcement personnel, the Inquirer reported.
The shooting took place at Girard Court Apartments when a 35-year-old woman engaged in a struggle with the landlord-tenant officer, who was serving an eviction notice on the woman and her husband.
— Ted Glanzer