CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – A Charleston real estate agent says she thinks stealing signs to interfere with business only shows how hot the housing market really is.
Elizabeth Baker claims someone is stealing her signs to give their friends a better chance at a home, and says she’s not going to put up with people messing with her business,
“I work very hard. So when someone interferes with our business as realtors…we’re all sick of it. And I finally managed to film someone,” Baker said.
Baker filed a police report with the Charleston Police Department on April 12 for thefts of open door materials. In the report, she states that the signs and attached balloons taken were valued at $200.
Using HOA cameras at the entrance to Seaside Plantation on Johns Island, she said she was able to get video of a car stopping and someone taking one of the signs.
She said she later contacted someone related to the car based on the license plate number.
“He replied that he did it right after the open house started on Sunday, April 10, to give his friends a better chance of getting the house,” Baker said.
The suspect’s name is removed from the public police report and no one has been charged at this time.
Baker says she plans to press charges and says she has worked with the police.
“It’s serious any time you steal someone else’s property. I don’t care if you steal somebody’s election sign, their garden gnome, whatever it is. What matters is that people want to maliciously interfere in people’s business, and I’m standing up for the entire real estate community on that,” Baker said.
The police report states: “The victim said he spoke to the suspect and he admitted to taking the signs.”
“The fact that the man works as a vice president of a company in West Ashley, lives in Mount Pleasant, but came all the way here to Seaside Plantation on James Island to, with malicious intent, steal my signs no not because he didn’t like them or they were on his way or he lives here, [but] because he was trying to help his friends. It sounds like the craziest story in the world,” Baker said.
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