Cops Charge Niece in Craigslist-Fuelled House Ransack
have accused Nichole M. Blackwell, age 28, of placing the ad in
craigslist. The specific charges are: second degree burglary, first
degree malicious mischief, first degree criminal impersonation.
Blackwell is due in court on May 25.
At the time of the crime, the woman who owned the house said her
sister was not smart enough to think up this affair. The sister of the
owner had stopped living in the house just before the trashing
invitation. Blackwell is the homeowner's niece.[/q]
UPDATE (from the same source as below):
"A family feud
may be behind a fake ad on Craigslist that invited people to take
whatever they wanted for free from a Tacoma home, but it appears police
aren't ready to haul anyone to jail for it.
tell KING 5 News the woman who used to live in the home died recently.
Her children lived there with her, but after her death, homeowner
Laurie Raye kicked out her brother and sister. That's leading some to
speculate the siblings may be responsible for the ad.
Tacoma Police say they consider the case to be a civil matter, not a criminal one."
The power of flash mobs: some vengeful soul placed a Craigslist ad imploring participants to show up at an unlocked house and take whatever they wanted. I have to wonder, though, why the participants didn't find the setup just a little strange.
Someone with cruel intentions placed a fake ad on Craigslist, inviting people to take whatever they wanted for free from a Tacoma home.
Homeowner Laurie Raye says there's little left now of the house. The outside of the home is trashed, the inside is nearly gutted and covered in graffiti. Raye says she is devastated.
"I was attached to this home because it used to be my mom's," says Raye.
I was pointed to this article by the good folks at boing boing.