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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-22-2015, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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So. 1 of the houses I'm in charge of had a box of stuff go missing. The police have now contacted me twice pertaining said box and now they want me to go in for an "interview/statement".

They stated the case "was closed but the supervisors aren't happy with that" and now want the 1 on 1, to come in and "Let's get this behind us"

I know from other contact with police that you "never talk to the police" but I wanted to get some advise from you guys, the people who have been in this field for years. I'm new and have never had any issues like this before. What should I tell them the next time they come calling?

I answered with " I'm fairly new to this industry and am not familiar with the procedures involved in this type of situation. There might be industry standards I'm not familiar with and I'll get back to you once I understand more."
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So. 1 of the houses I'm in charge of had a box of stuff go missing. The police have now contacted me twice pertaining said box and now they want me to go in for an "interview/statement".

They stated the case "was closed but the supervisors aren't happy with that" and now want the 1 on 1, to come in and "Let's get this behind us"

I know from other contact with police that you "never talk to the police" but I wanted to get some advise from you guys, the people who have been in this field for years. I'm new and have never had any issues like this before. What should I tell them the next time they come calling?

I answered with " I'm fairly new to this industry and am not familiar with the procedures involved in this type of situation. There might be industry standards I'm not familiar with and I'll get back to you once I understand more."
We went through something like this years ago. I had nothing to hide and no knowledge of where the missing items were. I voluntarily offered up all pics we had of the property and explained to the detective how the industry works. I also showed him sign in sheets so he could get an idea of not only how much traffic a property has but he also got a feel for how many people have keys.

In our case I made a friend on the force and we do rekeys for them all the time. I even get calls from private customers saying the officers told me I should call you. This doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing.
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[QUOTE=Newbie;115378]

I know from other contact with police that you "never talk to the police"

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You already have the answer here.

There is only one party whom you have relay any information on your behalf.

They have a lot of tv shows on the type, my favorites are Matlock and Better Caul Saul.
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Just tell the Detective to stick it and text them a picture of both hands raised with the caption " don't shoot". No no no don't take that advice.

Seriously give them the Customer Service Reps name at the bank and tell the Popo to have them come in for a 1 on 1. The CSR knows 1/3rd of the people who have entered that home the other 2/3rds are unknown so advise Popo to do fingerprints.

I've had 4 subs actually get charged with trespassing and theft and we paid for Attys to get this dropped BUT cost several $1000's each time. As you can see I'm not impressed with how most Law Enforcement treat P&P Contractors with these type of complaints.
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IMHO I would spend the few bucks and have my lawyer accompany me.
Unfortunately Ive been in that situation. Their "lets talk" is them trying to get you to admit that maybe you did take a lego off the floor then yeah yeah yeah you broke in to support your habit and took gramma's jewels..
There is no way Id go with out counsel.. Sucks that we are looked at like that but it is what it is...

Sorry you are going thru that...


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IMHO I would spend the few bucks and have my lawyer accompany me.
Unfortunately Ive been in that situation. Their "lets talk" is them trying to get you to admit that maybe you did take a lego off the floor then yeah yeah yeah you broke in to support your habit and took gramma's jewels..
There is no way Id go with out counsel.. Sucks that we are looked at like that but it is what it is...

Sorry you are going thru that...


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I would be VERY concerned with looking guilty showing up with an attorney.
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I would be VERY concerned with looking guilty showing up with an attorney.

I understand what you're saying... But every cop buddy of mine has said Never go alone.. They are trained to twist whatever you say to get you to say what they want..

Years ago my ex hubby and I were brought into "talk" about vandalism where he had just been let go the week before. By the end of the conversation they had me convinced that I had done it...(turned out they had let go a secretary and her lug of a bf did it) But it was a weird few days with them breathing down our backs

IMHO its just to CYA... Theres enough innocent people in prison to make me think bringing a lawyer is a good idea..

Just my .02

now off to route the snow removals... ugh

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Normally I would agree with "don't show up looking guilty". But in this case I think I agree with the Princess because cop showed his cards when he said "case closed but the supervisors aren't happy". The investigator is under fire from the boss to pin this on someone. He will get you if he can.
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While I don't have years of experience in this business, I do have quite a few years on the law enforcement side. It would be best to go with an attorney in my opinion. If halfway through you realize you don't need one, you can ask him to leave and pay him for his time and it's a write off. If you go without one and step on your &[email protected]! without someone to caution you not to, you're on your own and will be posting bond more than likely. I don't know about everyone else but around here there's a big push to regard any of work going in and securing before the eviction as trespassing. 2 counties that I cover will now refuse to perform the eviction if the locks have been changed and been winterized when they get there.

I would speak with an attorney, show him my pictures, sign in sheets, even how easy it is to order a set of bank keys. Then I'd proceed with whatever they advised. They have a long list of suspects from the bank down to whoever has been in the property to include the owners, I would let them know I'm not going to be the easy one to go after. Show them you're professional, well documented, and have more to lose by taking the property than you could possibly gain from it.
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