Woman Arrested for Allegedly Squatting in Martha's Vineyard Home Held a Yard Sale
Michelle Filkins, 44, was charged with breaking and entering, larceny over $250, and malicious destruction of property
A Wareham, Massachusetts, woman showed she really knows how to make herself at home when she allegedly moved into a Martha’s Vineyard house that was not hers – and then reportedly held a yard sale.
Edgartown police arrested Michelle Filkins, 44, and charged her with breaking and entering, larceny over $250, and malicious destruction of property, according to the Boston Globe.
Filkins was discovered after owner Mark Conklin returned home on April 17 to find the woman sitting in his living room, claiming she owned the house. She fled after Conklin called the police.
However, after the police left, Filkins reportedly returned, prompting Conklin to call the cops again, who later apprehended her.
Authorities discovered multiple items from the house had been placed out on the lawn, as though they were available for purchase. Edgartown police later posted on their Facebook page that “it appeared [Filkins] had a yard sale and sold a number of items from the property.”
“We’re not sure at this point if the female was selling or just giving things away,” the police wrote. “If in fact you did purchase something you are a victim as well and EPD will assist you in seeking restitution via the court prosecution of this case.”
Items reported missing included four deck chairs from Crate & Barrel, a Weber grill and a painting done by the owner.
Filkins is being held without bail and is due in court on May 14, MVTimes reports.
Her court-appointed attorney, Robert Moriarty, indicated to the paper that there are serious concerns about her mental condition, adding that she is undergoing examination to determine whether she’s competent to stand trial.
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