Woodstock family’s home looted after online ad confusion
by Rebecca Johnston
rjohnston@cherokeetribune.com
October 26, 2012 01:27 AM | 3192 views | 2 2 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Woodstock — When a Woodstock family placed an ad on Craigslist offering “free stuff” to those who stopped by, the response was a lot more than they expected.

Pamela Hobbs called 911 Wednesday to report that people were loading up her household goods, including an antique sewing machine, when she got to her house at 204 Sunnybrook Court, according to a report filed with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

“A female had taken some items that were not part of the ‘free’ items that were being given away, via a Craigslist ad,” and would not give them back, the report said.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they found several people there with pick-up trucks, loading up stuff on the lawn and from inside the house and hauling it away, the report reveals.

When the deputies questioned the people, they said they were answering an ad that said “Everything must go.”

“There were several people on-scene who showed me the Craigslist ad on their smart phones. The ad did mention free items to be given away at 10 a.m., and everything must go. I then asked Ms. Hobbs why she would have an event like this at her home and no one was here to supervise it.” The deputy wrote in the report.

Turned out, Hobbs’ son, Michael Vercher, placed the ad, but did not mean all the stuff — just the stuff the family wanted to get rid of.

“They posted that everything must go, everything was free,” said Lt. Jay Baker with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. “There is not much for our investigators to follow up on in that case.”

Hobbs was not at home when the “sale” began, and those that showed up just went inside and began to help themselves.

“She said her son was the one who set it up and placed the ad. I asked her how the people got into her home. She said the front door was unlocked,” the report says.

Missing from inside the house when the owners showed up were three guitars and a computer monitor. Vercher told deputies two of the guitars were acoustic and one electric, all with hard cases. He also mentioned a Hewlett Packard flat screen computer monitor was taken, the police report said.

“He seemed upset and said no one was supposed to go inside the house and take items. I sympathized with him how I understood that, but explained to him that when placing an ad in Craigslist for “free” stuff to be given away, someone should at least be at the residence when the people start showing up. I explained to him that there were several cars coming and going from this address, when I arrived, and who knows how many came and went before I got there. I told him if he needed us for anything else, to call us back,” the deputy’s report said.

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CitizenA
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October 29, 2012
Ok so it was stupid to post an Ad like that..however...COME ON Cher Co Sheriff's department. Which of those people really believed that someone was giving a house full of stuff away? Just walked in and took it? Really? I'm sure the "call us if you need anything else" was really comforting to the family. The people walking into their house taking stuff had to know that's not what was meant.
cherokeeperson
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October 30, 2012
I agree with you on the lack of response from the sheriff, but as far as people walking into their house and taking stuff, remember you're in cherokee county. Not a lot of brains amongst the population here.
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