Condo emptied, woman finds items at neighbor's before cops
October 3, 2012 (HOUSTON) -- An alleged burglary victim says she found her stuff at her neighbor's place, but that neighbor says it's a misunderstanding.
It started as another 911 burglary call, but when police arrived, the victim told them she'd already found her stuff -- and the thieves.
Andrea Villareal's friend had just moved out of the condo she was leasing her.
"I came to mop the floor and noticed everything was gone," the tenant, who we're only identifying as Lina, said.
Then Villareal arrived to find the vanity was ripped out of the wall.
"Even down to the Christmas tree that I had in storage," Villareal said.
So she says she did what anyone would do, started asking neighbors if they'd seen anything. Behind one of the doors...
"She saw her stuff in these idiots' houses," Lina said.
Villareal says she spotted her fridge and her vanity. And when she asked for an explanation, this is what she was told.
"They said they didn't know how my stuff got there," Villareal said.
The neighbor says it was just a misunderstanding, that he saw two other guys breaking into her place, and they said they were movers. They then ran off and he stepped in, he said.
"I was trying to help her," the neighbor said. "I had two guys that were down the street and said, 'Hey you want to help me move this?' I paid them $70 to put it all up in my place."
While officers were on the scene, Villareal got the brothers to start moving her stuff back in. She even got them to pay her for damages.
"It's the strangest thing that's ever happened to me," she said.
Police say for that, she agreed not to press charges.
"Here's a get-out-of-jail free card kids. Pay to fix what you've done. I hope you change your lives," Villareal said.
She says she feels lucky to have her stuff back, or at least some of it, in one piece.
Police say even though the woman didn't file charges, their investigation will move forward.
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