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POLICE: "Landlord" leased foreclosed homes

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41) -- Police say a Louisville man was leasing out homes he didn't even own -- and his "tenants" were completely in the dark.

29-year-old Gary Hammond was arrested Monday afternoon near the intersection of Cannons Ln. and Dayton Ave.

Police say that on Feb. 24, Hammond pretended to be the owner of a foreclosed home in the 2600 block of Patio Ct., west of Manslick Rd. Hammond, who was allegedly posing as a landlord, allegedly broke into the home so he could give a prospective tenant a tour. That tenant agreed to pay him $1,200, which included money for a deposit and for the first month's rent. Hammond took the money and left, and the tenant never heard from him afterward.

It was only later that the tenant learned that the home being "rented" had been foreclosed on and wasn't supposed to be occupied to begin with.

Police say Hammond committed a similar deception on Feb. 8, when he took a total of $1,110 in so-called "rent" from two victims who thought they were renting a home in the 5300 block of Rollingwood Trail, near Newcut Rd.

That was also a foreclosed home -- and the "tenants" were unable to find Hammond to get their money back.

Hammond was arrested yesterday afternoon and charged with one count of burglary and three counts of theft by deception.

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