The mystery of the stolen home is solved — kind of. The building was found a few miles away from the scene of the crime. Still many questions remain: when was the house moved? Who moved it? And most importantly, who owns the home to begin with?
As previously reported on the Inquisitr, an entire house (not a mobile home, or a motor home) was stolen. The home was 1,200 square feet, yet the burglars managed to take it right off the street in Klamath County, Oregon. Luckily, no one was living inside at the time.
The original police complaint was filed on Tuesday. When people heard the audacious tale of a whole house being taken, the story went viral.
The news quickly got around to local residents, who recognized the house and knew where it was parked.
One anonymous neighbor told local KOBI, “I just remembered the house from the photo. It’s like, I know that place!”
The home was found just 10 to 15 miles from its original foundation across a field just outside of Chiloquin. Even though the log cabin was just recently “found,” it was moved quite awhile ago, probably sometime last summer, according to KOBI.
The unnamed neighbor reportedly said, “it’s been next door to me for almost a year.”
Police are also trying to determine if the home they found was actually “stolen.”
Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah said that “this is a situation where three parties are claiming ownership, one of the three parties sold it to a fourth party.”
Sheriff Skrah laid out how he believes the home was taken to the Washington Post shortly after it was found.
“We think that somebody busted out the foundation, jacked it up, put a lowboy [trailer] underneath it and lowered it down on the lowboy and took it.”
He added, “[The owner] went to visit his part-time home and between the first time he saw it and a couple of months later, it was gone. I mean can you imagine?”
Of course, the sheriff’s story does not completely fit with KOBI‘s source. How could the source have seen the cabin parked nearby around a year ago if the owner only left it for a few months?
Another unanswered question.
No charges have been filed yet in this confusing case, although the sheriff says he had a list of suspects (most likely all the people who are claiming ownership).
The important thing is that the “stolen” home is found, and everyone can get on with their lives. For the sheriff, though, this was a once-in-a-lifetime case.
“I’ll tell you, we were sitting around… myself with 40 years of experience… but we have never heard of anything like this. It’s crazy. Who steals an entire house?”
[Image via KOBI]