July 24, 2013

Bank Repossessed Wrong House And Sold Possessions

An Athens County woman is looking to get her belongings back after a bank incorrectly broke into her house and took them.

Katie Barnett says that the First National Bank in Wellston foreclosed on her house, even though it was not her bank.

"They repossessed my house on accident, thinking it was the house across the street," Barnett said.

Barnett, who had been away from the house for about two weeks, said she had to crawl through the window of her own house in order to get in after she used her own key that did not work. 

Some of the items in her house had been hauled away, others were sold, given away and trashed.

It turns out the bank sent someone to repossess the house located across the street from Barnett's house, but by mistake broke into hers instead.

"They told me that the GPS led them to my house," Barnett said. "My grass hadn't been mowed and they just assumed."

She called the McArthur Police about the incident, but weeks later, the chief announced the case was closed.

Barnett said that according to the bank president, this was the first time something like this has happened.

She presented him with an $18,000 estimate to replace the losses, but the president refused to pay.

"He got very firm with me and said, 'We're not paying you retail here, that's just the way it is,'" Barnett said. "I did not tell them to come in my house and make me an offer. They took my stuff and I want it back."

The shock of having her house broken into and belongings taken by mistake has now turned into anger.

"Now, I'm just angry," Barnett said. "It wouldn't be a big deal if they would step up and say 'I'm sorry, we will replace your stuff.' Instead, I'm getting attitude from them. They're sarcastic when they talk to me. They make it sound like I'm trying to rip the bank off. All I want is my stuff back."


  1. I have an idea...anyone know where the bank president lives?

  2. All Wars Are Banker Wars!!

  3. This is a theft, pure and simple, and the bank as well as the person they sent to do the job should be charged with breaking and entering, grand larceny and a host of other crimes. The police chief himself is an accessory to the crime, as well as any official which allowed the criminals of the bank to get away with the crime. This individual, by default, because of the inaction of the bank and the police, has earned every right to take the law into her own hands, regardless of consequence.

    Start digging into the past of these individuals, especially the bank "president" and the police "chief" and proceed with a smear campaign on these people. Looks like there also may be grounds for a civil suit. For best results, look around for a lawyer that has a personal grudge with police and banks.

  4. Hehe, we know this behavior from Palestine - as a Jew banker - I can sell whatever and whenever I want to.

  5. ...and all wars are fought on behalf of Jews.

  6. America! The land of the FREE & BRAVE!

  7. The bank won't pay "retail"?????? She has to pay retail to replace the items his bank STOLE from HER home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Prosecute them for grand theft.

  8. No need to get anti-Semitic.

  9. Wow...have to bring anti-Semitism into it.

  10. I can't believe the police chief ,said "case closed " what ,are the police chief and the bank president best buds or what? maybe rereading the guidelines for grand theft and burglary should be first on chiefs agenda and isn't he voted into his position ? hmmm, as for the bank president? FIRED AND CHARGED WITH A CRIME IT IS HIS JOB TO MAKE SURE THE PROPER PROCEDURES ARE FOLLOWED AND HE MESSED UP BIG TIME.NOW HE SHOULD BE BENDING OVER BACKWARD TO MAKE THIS RIGHT!!!