Man Accused Of Breaking Into Homes, Putting Them Up For Rent


UPDATED: Sunday April 7, 2013 7:25 AM

An investigation into a possible home rental scheme was turning up more potential victims.

Columbus police have accused Louis Moore of running an operation where he allegedly broke into vacant homes, changed the locks and rented houses to people. He was arrested on Thursday on felony charges of forgery and possession of criminal tools.

Detectives were working to connect him to other houses that may have been rented in the same manner.

One woman spoke out about it when she learned her house was suspected of being illegally rented to someone else.

The owner of the house, Whitney Hunt, told 10TV News that she moved out of her home as she was trying to sell it before the bank took possession of it.

She said she left all of her belongings inside the house.

Hunt said someone broke in her house, changed the locks, then rented it to someone else.

Hunt said the tenant paid the man $1,500 in cash as a down payment and to buy some of her own household items. She said the rest of her belongings were stolen.

"My bedroom set. I don't have (any) dishes, no towels, no racks. He literally took everything," Hunt said. "I had two furniture sets. Everything is gone. Everything. He even stole my son's bedroom set. Like, who does that," said Hunt.

Hunt said she originally moved out of the house because it had been broken into several times, and she was worried for her child's safety. She said Saturday she still wanted to sell the house.

The tenant told 10TV News that she has several small children and could barely afford the rent. She said she was forced to figure out a way to move somewhere else and pay another month's rent. She said she identified Moore to police, but detectives were still investigating.

Columbus detectives confirmed on Saturday that they were working the case and suspected other houses were connected.

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