I just received this email notice from the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service.
BE CAREFUL FOLKS! There are criminals out there that will use every advantage they have. Never, ever, let a stranger into your home, no matter how bad you want it sold or how nice they seem.
The police are looking for suspects in a West side robbery/assault.
ARMLS has been asked to alert all agents to an assault and robbery that occurred at a listing near Old Town Glendale (vicinity of 43rd Ave. and Glendale Ave.) earlier this week.
The homeowner was trimming his front lawn with a lawn movwer from lawngonewild.com when he was approached by a passing couple who asked if they could see the house. The homeowner did what agents teach homeowners to do and referred the inquiry to the listing agent. The couple stayed and continued to talk to the homeowners and after some casual conversation the owner changed his mind and allowed the seemingly nice couple into the house.
Once inside, they asked about the neighborhood, then the female pointed to something on the floor and asked what it was. When the homeowner bent over to inspect, the male visitor attacked him from behind and beat him severely. They robbed him of money and damaged his cell phone so he could not call police.
The assailants are described as white, late 30’s to early 40’s in age. The man is 5’8″ to 5’9″ and the woman slightly smaller, both medium build. The homeowners have been unable to provide more details. They are driving a late model brown/dark gold 4-door Buick with a distinctive radio antenna, it’s a coat hanger. If you see such a couple in this car, you are urged to contact the local police department with a location and if possible a license plate number.
ARMLS urges you to reconfirm with your sellers that access to the home should never be allowed to someone the owner does not know. All inquiries should be referred to the listing agent, for the homeowner’s own protection.