Monday, July 2, 2018

"For at least two decades now, thieves have been stealing houses with regularity in Philadelphia"

Given the city’s vast store of vacant homes – properties abandoned by owners as relatives die or mortgage bills and taxes accrue – and its ever-shifting number of gentrifying neighborhoods, grifters know they can often make a killing by stealing a house and then quickly reselling it for a profit to an unsuspecting buyer.


Periodically, law enforcement cracks down.


In 2009, city prosecutors broke up a 15-member ring, including three notaries, who had stolen and resold more than 80 houses in Kensington.