Friday, December 24, 2010

Modern Crook Tries Variation Of the Old 'The Devil Made Me Do It' Excuse

Cops: Conn. renter sells owner's stuff

Dec 24 2010

SOUTHBURY, Conn. — Police say a Connecticut man made $18,000 by selling antique cars and other stuff stored in a garage and two barns behind his rented residence.

On Left: Probably not the real Deane Moss but an imposterr

The stuff wasn't his. And it was worth $265,000, not $18,000.

Deane Moss was charged with first-degree larceny and 15 counts of third-degree burglary. He was released after his initial court appearance.

Moss rented the 6,500-square-foot Southbury home from the owner a year ago with a lease that expressly barred him from entering the storage areas.

He entered them and sold a 1940 Ford Coupe, a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air, a riding mower, appliances and dozens of other items stored there.

Moss told police he suffers a chemical imbalance that made him delusional and think he owned the home and was selling his own stuff.

No one thought to ask why a single man would rent a 6,500-square-foot house?

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