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Owners find NLV residence turned into criminal operation

Reported by: Christine Kim
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Updated: 8/07/2014 7:51 am

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KSNV — A North Las Vegas family returned to their vacant house only to discover squatters had been living there for months and using the place as a base for a big criminal operation.

North Las Vegas police confirm they arrested the woman homeowners say was the squatter.

She faces four felony charges in connection to a home burglary back in May.

Police arrested her after she came back to the house during the weekend claiming the house was hers. The real homeowners then called police.

This family does not want to be identified because they are afraid of repercussions.

"There is tons and tons of information that I found," said the female homeowner. "We found company checks, several different IDs, credit cards, even kids' IDs."

The squatters left behind a house full of criminal evidence of fraud and financial crimes.

North Las Vegas police said this woman could be charged with other crimes, but it is under investigation.

The homeowners also said they found a Range Rover with a broken windshield and no registration or license plates in their garage.

Police say that if someone is bold enough to illegally occupy someone else's home, it's not unlikely to see that person involved in other criminal activity.



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