Bad real estate pro of the day

Get this, from the Portland, Ore., News-Times:

Cornelius real estate broker accused of home burglaries

Michael Troy Messmer, 41, is accused of burglarizing homes in Hillsboro and Cornelius that were listed for sale by other real estate agents. Messmer allegedly used a keycard to open lockboxes at the two homes which contained house keys.

OK, that’s not good. The owner walked in on the guy and his apparent girlfriend drinking martinis. (Luckily that’s all they were doing.) After they left, the homeowner discovered things missing and called police.

But wait. There’s more.

Messmer was caught because police had been investigating a burglary of another home and noticed his name on the entry log for the lockbox.

But wait. There’s more.

At that home, items worth $250 were reported stolen, including an expensive bottle of tequila, a nose trimmer and an air freshener.

A nose trimmer? What kind of person steals a nose trimmer?

“That was an odd list of items,” said [Police] Commander Ed Jensen.

And the kicker?

“At first Messmer wasn’t very cooperative, but when our officer said that he was going to contact his girlfriend he decided to cooperate because the girl that was with him wasn’t the girl that was in the house in Hillsboro,” Jensen said.

Let’s be careful out there.

About Andrew Kantor

Andrew is VAR's editor and information manager, and -- lessee now -- a former reporter for the Roanoke Times, former technology columnist for USA Today, and a former magazine editor for a bunch of places. He hails from New York with stops in Connecticut, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Roanoke.
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4 Responses to Bad real estate pro of the day

  1. W. Gibson says:

    This is OLD news – there has actually been a TV movie about Realtor RAPIST (Dale Midkiff was the star) and 25+ years ago a team of Realtor lockbox burglers in Sonoma and Marin counties in CA.

    Frankly, considering the number of Realtors nationwide and the number of lockboxes in use, it is hard to believe there are not MORE such stories….

  2. That’s one way to supplement your real estate income. Lol. He would have been hard to find if he was using a keyed lockbox instead. Yes they are still out there.

  3. @W.Gibosn: Oh, I’m sure this has happened before, but I loved the details. A nose hair trimmer? Dollar bet that’s a new one. And the different girlfriends? [laugh] Even Ted Truitt doesn’t go that far.

  4. I’m shaking my head right now…That’s one sick pup…

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