Sunday, April 09, 2006

Coldwell Banker Realtor Was a Burglar, Cops Say. More Ammunition For FSBO

Homeowners found cameras, jewelry and money missing after visits from Susan Silok, a broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, and her oversize purse, reports The Record of Bergen County, N.J.
News of the arrest Wednesday rattled North Jersey’s real estate community, primarily because agents say they work hard to earn a homeowner’s trust.
Says one agent: “We have a reputation . . . Our reputation is that people can trust us with the key to their house.”

Says another: “This is so out of character for Realtors. . . This is not something we ever see.”

Hmmm. Why not? Let’s hear from the cops:
Police suspect there are more victims of similar thefts who haven’t reported them.
“We had people tell us that they didn’t report it because they didn’t want to bother us,” said Mahwah police Capt. Stephen Jaffe. “It’s amazing how many people kind of let it go.”


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