Fairfield police are investigating a possible Craigslist scam involving a vacant home in town.
According to the report, an out-of-state complainant called police to request officers check on her deceased parents' home on Fleming Lane. The home is for sale and should be unoccupied, but the woman noticed the electricity bill was much higher for the past billing cycle than it should have been, department spokesperson Lt. James Perez said.
Officers went to the home on Saturday to find a woman was indeed living in the house. She told police she responded to an ad on Craiglist that listed the property as a rental. She made arrangements with the supposed landlord, who told the woman his name is "Randall Hill. " The woman gave Hill a $2,700 deposit and agreed to pay $900 a month for rent. She told police she moved in on Nov. 22, Perez said.
It was not until Dec. 2, however, that the "landlord" dropped off a key to the home. According to the report, the key didn't work. The woman has been unable to make contact with Hill since she moved in, Perez said.
The complainant, who is a co-executor of the estate along with her brother, told police she did not make any arrangements to sublet the home. The case remains under investigation.