A woman who had been hired to clean a house in Belgrade reportedly moved into the house and lived there for several days before taking some of the owner’s items.
Edmund King, the owner of the property, told the Morning Sentry that he hired a woman who claimed to be a housekeeper after posting an ad on Craigslist earlier this summer. King, who rents the house much of the year while he stays in Florida, gave the woman a key to his house and expected her to do the job he had hired her to do. .
Instead, he was told by his neighbors in late June that the woman was coming and going from his garage, according to the Waterville newspaper.
King, who is 83, said he informed the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office after suspecting she had stolen an antique pistol, a leaf blower and two chainsaws, the newspaper reported.
The sheriff’s office told the Morning Sentinel that the woman claimed King granted her permission to stay on the property for three days to complete the task he had hired her to do.
According to Sgt. Galen Estes, police cannot charge the woman with theft without serial numbers for the items King alleges were stolen, while noting that King had tenants renting the house at the same time the incident happened .
King contacted Maine State Police and provided receipts for the missing chainsaws, but said he did not keep serial numbers for all of his property, the newspaper reported.