A Georgia man was arrested after he stole his neighbor’s entire porch. The owner of the porch told authorities that his property looks abandoned but that it’s very much being lived in and the items there are not free for the taking, Fox News reports. However, Robin Swanger clearly thought otherwise.
- Swanger went past several “no trespassing” signs. He didn’t just waltz into an open property — it was closed off with several signs warning strangers away from entering. Still, Swanger walked right on in and took the full porch.
- How does someone steal a porch? Perhaps what made it slightly easier was that the porch wasn’t actually attached to the home at the time of stealing it. However, it was 8 feet by 10 feet and constructed of wood, so it won’t have been particularly lightweight. How Robin Swanger got it off the property was not revealed, but he managed it.
- Investigator Chris Stapler said the porch was valued at about $3,000. “It’s a full 8′ by 10′ porch. It would be what goes onto an hour for entry and exit. Very well constructed,” Stapler, of the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, told Fox 5 Atlanta.
- It may seem like a funny story, but Stapler said the theft was still considered serious and authorities were charging Swanger accordingly. “Some people may shrug their shoulders and say it’s not a big deal, but when you take someone’s property without their consent, and the value of this porch is $3,000, you can’t just go and take stuff off someone’s property,” he added.
- Swanger was arrested, but not until police were called to his residence for another issue. Authorities had been keeping an eye out for the suspect for several days but finally took him into custody after they were called out to his house for a domestic disturbance. After getting into a fight with his wife, Swanger was said to have been throwing rocks at the property.
- He was booked into the Coweta County jail. Robin Swanger was charged with two counts of domestic violence including battery as well as one county of felony theft for the porch theft.