PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A 47-year-old is accused of burglarizing at least four vacant homes, changing the locks to the doors and then posting Craigslist ads pretending to be the landlord, officials said.
Andrea Rae Tramel was arraigned Friday afternoon on four counts of second-degree burglary. She was arrested Thursday by detectives with the Portland Police Bureau Burglary Unit near the intersection of Northeast 106th and Northeast Morris.
Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Ross Caldwell, who is prosecuting the case, wrote in an affidavit of probable cause, Tramel would rent the homes out to people and claimed she owned them between June 6, 2013 and August 1, 2013. All four homes that have been identified to date are either foreclosed or vacant, officials said.
Police learned of the reported scam and interviewed Tramel who at first claimed that she worked as a broker for a man “possibly named Bruce Reese,” court documents state. She later admitted that she had entered the vacant homes located in the:
- 3800-block of Northeast 113th Avenue
- 3600-block of Northeast 114th Avenue
- 3700-block of Northeast 115th Avenue
- 11400-block of East Burnside Avenue
Tramel admitted that on two of the homes she changed the locks and then used the keys to the new locks to enter the house and “show it” to individuals who responded to her ads on Craigslist, court documents state.
Police said Tramel collected several thousand dollars from the people who she rented to. She later admitted to police that she did not own the homes that she was renting.
Anyone who may have had financial dealing with the suspect, or anyone who met with her at a potential house, is asked to call the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.
– Brent Weisberg