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Squatters make themselves at home, leave evidence behind

Reported by: John Treanor
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Updated: 11/26/2013 6:15 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Imagine walking into a house you're trying to sell to check on things only to find another family is there living inside and there is nothing you can do to make them leave.

For one family the nightmare is over for now.

News 3 got a look inside at what squatters left inside homeowner Gerarld Petrosksy's house. News 3 first told viewers about Petrosky on Friday.

When Petrosky when to check on his home which has listed for sale, he made a horrifying discovery.

There was a couch, and a guy on the couch and the guy on the couch wasn’t alone.

The squatters stayed for a month fighting a court battle to protect a fake lease.

When you take a look around it sure seems like they were planning a longer stay.

They made themselves at home in the Petrosky's real home even hanging pictures of themselves on the walls.

But, what looks like a mess turned into a potential treasure trove for police, starting with weapons and forged credit card downstairs.

What might be the most shocking is a notebook full off addresses and short sales. The homeowners here say its just evidence they’re going to do it again.

It is a truly horrific crime but what might shock you more is that this happens so often.

“In Las Vegas you’re seeing more and more of that… simply squatting,” Attorney Easton Harris said.

Harris has represented several homeowners. He says the squatters exploit a loophole designed to protect renters from slum landlords who default with banks and try quick evictions.

All they need is a forged lease and for that you just need to log on and leave your morals at the door.

Their goal isn't to stay in the house forever, they're just buying time. With the Petroskys, that, it turns out, was about a month.

Although the family is worried they'll come back.
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