A squatter at a $3 million mansion in Memphis was arrested early Friday morning on trespassing and theft charges.
Tabitha Gentry had tried to claim ownership of the mansion by posting a sign on the gate at the front of the property. The sign, which was hand written, claimed that the mansion was now in possession of the Moorish American National Republic. But there were two things wrong with the sign. First, a hand-written sign isn’t typically considered a legal binding document. Second, the Moorish American National Republic said that they had nothing to do with the mansion squatter.
Shaykh Ra Saadi El with the Moorish Science Temple of America, said: “We are not a sovereignty group we are not a land grabbing thieving group … We have driver’s license. We pay taxes. We are not a sovereignty group.”
Police were planning on storming the mansion sometime this week in order to arrest the mansion squatter but that proved to be unnecessary as Gentry, who also goes by the name Abka Re Bey, was spotted driving a white jaguar around town. Gentry was arrested and her 13-year-old daughter, who was in the car at the time, was taken into custody.
The $3 million mansion in Memphis, which features seven bathrooms and a pool, has been vacant for the last two years. When Gentry was asked why she chose the home, she said: “Why not? It’s a beautiful house.”
Here’s a video report about the mansion squatter in Memphis.
Gentry is currently being held on $2 million bond. She is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in General Sessions Criminal Court.Are you surprised that Gentry thought that she could just claim a house?