San Francisco authorities have charged a 39-year-old man with allegedly selling 11 valuable paintings from an unoccupied multi-million dollar mansion he had been squatting in for months, a police spokesperson tells PEOPLE.
Jeremiah Kaylor was arrested for trespassing and burglary after officers discovered him in the forsaken manse of Halsey Minor, the founder of the technology news website CNET, the spokesperson says.
The eight-bed, seven-bath Presidio Heights mansion has been on the market since Minor filed bankruptcy in 2013, according to property records.
The spokesperson says police received a call from Minor’s former neighbors on Saturday regarding a possible squatter in the mansion, which is known as “Le Petit Trianon,” thanks to its facade that replicates the Versailles, France, chateau of the same name. Once they arrived, they found Kaylor inside.
Police couldn’t contact Minor to verify whether or not Kaylor had permission to stay in the home, says the spokesperson, so police reached out to the technology entrepreneur s realtor, who confirmed that Kaylor did not belong there.
The realtor also allegedly told cops that 11 paintings appeared to be missing from the mansion. Police say Kaylor admitted to selling the paintings at pawn shops and online.
The police spokesperson says that nine of the stolen paintings have been recovered and that detectives have leads on the location of the other two.
Holder is still being held on $85,000 bail, and does not have a lawyer as of press time.
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