Andre Barbosa, adverse possession mansion squatter update: Bank of America taking possession of home

BOCA RATON, Fla. - A squatter is no longer making himself at  home in a Boca Raton mansion.

Boca Raton police, acting on a concern by Bank of America that someone was trespassing at the residence, went in the home at 580 Golden Harbour Drive after clearance by the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office.

At 1:30 p.m. Thursday officers gained entrance but did not find anyone inside.

Bank of America had sued the squatter, Andre Barbosa. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office served an ejection notice last week.

Representatives from Bank of America are working with a locksmith to change the locks.

Barbosa had been spotted living in the foreclosed estate in January. The home has vaulted ceilings, five bedrooms, and is perched on the water.

Barbosa had filed an "adverse possession claim" in an attempt to eventually lay claim to the $2.5 million home. If he paid the bills and the taxes, in seven years he could own it if he wasn't challenged.

Events escalated Monday night when police stopped two women leaving the home with their license plate covered.

A police report states Ilma Paula and Zilma Barbosa were ticketed for hiding the plate. They told police they did it because they didn't want news reporters to get their information.

 This story will  be updated when more information is available

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