- Michael Cooper Staff Writer
A Springfield woman is facing multiple felony theft charges after allegedly stealing $1,000 from two prospective renters for a property she didn’t own after posting an ad on Craigslist.
Krysta Durden, 18, is facing two counts of theft, according to court records. She’s also facing 10 other charges for separate incidents, including receiving stolen property. She’s expected to appear in the Clark County Municipal Court at 10:30 a.m. today.
On Dec. 2, Springfield police officers were sent to a rental property in the 600 block of East Southern Avenue to discuss a dispute between two separate groups of people, according to a police report.
The first victim told police he saw the property listed for rent on Craigslist and contacted someone through a texting app. On Nov. 30, the victim and his girlfriend met with a woman named Sarah Hastings and signed a lease agreement. The victim paid the woman an undisclosed amount of money, obtained a receipt and lease agreement. The victim moved into the home later that day.
On Dec. 1, two other victims responded to a rental ad on Craigslist for the same property. The victims also met with Sarah Hastings at a pharmacy on Lagonda Avenue, signed a lease agreement and gave the woman an undisclosed amount of cash. The victims also received a receipt and a key, but when they arrived at the home, they found the other victims were already living there,
It was later determined the property was owned by a local realty company and was listed for rent on a different website. An employee arrived and told police a scam has been occurring recently with their rental properties where people will post the property on Craigslist or Facebook, meet people at the property, have them sign a lease agreement and take cash from them.
At the scene, victims and police looked up Durden’s Facebook page and all agreed she was allegedly the person who had deceived them as Hastings, according to a police report. Durden’s photo also matched her booking photo from prior arrests, officers said.
Durden is also facing charges after allegedly running from a traffic stop on Nov. 29. Durden was allegedly driving a stolen vehicle at the time with a suspended license, the report said.
Durden was arrested on multiple outstanding warrants at about 4 p.m. on Dec. 23. She remains in the Clark County Jail.
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