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Strangers trespassing, stealing from condemned home owned by elderly man, neighbors say

House is ordered for demolition
Posted at 5:01 PM, Jun 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-27 18:12:44-04

PORT RICHEY, Fla. -- Neighbors in a Pasco County subdivision say they are uneasy about a house across the street.

For several weeks, Kathleen Bock and her husband say they watch strangers scope out the property.

“It is scary and it’s even more scary when it happens at 1:30 a.m.,” Kathleen said.

The man that lived at that house is at a hospital to get help and the county has deemed the home unsafe to live in. They’ve even posted an "order to be demolished" sign on the garage door.

A judge decided the homeowner wasn’t able to maintain the property after code enforcement provided photos that show debris and garbage all over the house and yard.

"He’s not the type of person to ask for help and it’s just way above what he can handle,” Bock said.

But she said since then, people have been stealing the homeowner's things. The homeowner even reported his motorcycle stolen three days ago to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. A week and a half ago, two men were arrested for trespassing.

"There’s nothing left to take. Stay out,” Bock said.

She says it’s not fair to the homeowner who could potentially sell those items to help pay for his stay at the hospital and assisted living facility.

She and her husband are so concerned, they have installed cameras to keep an eye on the property. They even posted a sign on the side of the home to warn folks the cameras are watching.

Bock’s biggest fear is that someone will get hurt.

"There was a knife at the front door, he’s a diabetic, there were hypodermic needles, all kinds of things,” she said.

She says the pool in the back is wide open and worries a child could fall in and drown.

The Sheriffs office will pass along the concerns to the district supervisor in that area but encourage people to call if they see someone on the property that shouldn’t be.