Mansfield Couple Charged With Stealing House

MANSFIELD (CBSDFW.COM) – Two people accused of stealing a Mansfield house are now under arrest.

Andrew James and Alicia Renee LaTour are charged with burglary of a habitation with intent to commit theft.

Officials say the two moved into a vacant Mansfield house using an obscure legal maneuver called adverse possession — basically, squatter’s rights.

The practice has become much more common in Texas during the past several months, and Tarrant County in particular seems to be a hot spot for it.

The day before Thanksgiving, Tarrant County Constable Clint Burgess evicted the LaTours from the $225,000 house.

Tuesday morning, a judge ruled the couple has no rights to the house.  They were then arrested and charged.

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  1. TNT says:

    …and the racial comments will begin in 5, 4, 3, 2…

  2. jerry says:

    VERYBODY WANTS EVERYTHING FOR FREE. THE NEW AMERICA! GOING BACK THE 3RD WORLD COUNTRY NOW.

  3. jerry says:

    Can they play the taxes on $225,000 house? at least 5k and up a year.

  4. Senor Rio says:

    And I thought only us real estate agents knew off that loop hole called Adverse Possession. So now I guess a local judge will start dictating state law

  5. Senor Rio says:

    Here’s a similar situation as reported in the Dallas Observer

    http://www.dallasobserver.com/2011-09-01/news/american-scheme/

  6. Joseph says:

    Well, now these folks can take adverse possesion of a jail cell

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