Realtor robbed during fake appointment

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Spokane

Another crazy story for us to highten the awareness and hopefully prevent things like this from happening in the future...

LAKELAND -- Walking through an unlocked door, the victim thought the man already inside was a legit customer.

But within minutes, the client she had talked to on the phone hours before revealed he was part of a dangerous duo.

"She had been tied up and had a knife to her throat," said Bethany Barlow, the victim's daughter.

Barlow told us the attack came as soon as her mother turned her back.  She says the two men threatened the realtor's life, then tied her up and locked her in the laundry room of the home on South Boulevard Tuesday afternoon.

After waiting for her attackers to leave, the victim escaped through the back door.

"They're dangerous people," said Ryan Barlow, the victim's son.  "No matter what they looked like or what they used, they were definitely threatening.  They need to be caught."

Lakeland Police are now tracking the bad guys by tracking the times they've tried to use credit cards they stole from the victim.  Investigators are now warning other realtors to be wary of supposed clients who could be crooks.

"They should let people in their offices know when they go on calls, it's better to be safe than be sorry," Lakeland Police spokesperson Jack Gillen said.

It's a crazy world out there.....be careful friends!!

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When will RE agents learn?

I am sorry that this agent had a scary dangerous experience, but shame on her for meeting the client stranger at the property without an office visit first.

April 10, 2008 07:10 AM
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Michael Setunsky
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Safety must be our utmost concern in today's day and age. Here are some recommendations:

  • Never, never meet anyone at a property.
  • Always have them come into the office and ask to make a copy of their drivers license.
  • Leave the copy of their drivers license at the front desk and tell the Duty Agent where you are going.
  • Have a code word system set up in your office. If you feel you are in an uncomfortable situation make an excuse to call your office and give the code word. This will tell the Duty Agent to immediately call 911.
  • Carry pepper spray with you.
  • Take a self defense course for real estate agents.

Good Post, Keep Safe!

April 10, 2008 08:53 AM
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Patricia Kennedy
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Yikes!  We should really take the advice to never, ever meet anyone you don't know at a house, unless you have an armed bodyguard!  I have Thomas, the office hunk with rippling muscles and a "don't mess with me" attitude if I have any doubt about a client - and that would be after meeting the client!
April 10, 2008 10:02 AM
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Patricia Kennedy
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Yikes!  We should really take the advice to never, ever meet anyone you don't know at a house, unless you have an armed bodyguard!  I have Thomas, the office hunk with rippling muscles and a "don't mess with me" attitude if I have any doubt about a client - and that would be after meeting the client!
April 10, 2008 10:03 AM
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Donna Henry
Keller Williams Realty Spokane
I need a Thomas the hunk to bring with me now too!  thanks for all of your great comments!  I think awareness and prevention are the key to combatting these creeps!
April 10, 2008 03:55 PM
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