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Home burglarized after Craigslist ad offers free furniture

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WOODSTOCK, Ga. -

A Georgia man who posted an ad on Craigslist offering to give away free furniture got some unwanted attention. Thieves broke into his house and took not only what the man wanted to give away, but also valuables he wanted to keep.

Michael Vercher placed an ad offering free furniture and other items  to anyone who needed it on Wednesday morning.

"It clearly said on the post, free yard sale. So I don't know how that can be interpreted into, come into the house and take whatever you want," Vercher said.

Vercher left a note outside his Woodstock home saying anything in the driveway was fair game.

"The house was locked up and I would think that would be an indication that they're not supposed to come into the house," said Pam Hobbs, Vercher's mother.

Obviously it wasn't.

Vercher and his mother believe someone slipped into the garage, through the broken door and eventually opened the front door to the home.

"Once the door was open, it was like a free for all," said Hobbs.

People went in and took things that were never intended to be given away.

"They took all our shoes, all our clothes. We have very little left," said Vercher. "Even the food in the pantry was taken."

It was so bad that the family came home to find about 20 cars lined up outside their house with people inside, taking whatever they wanted.

Making matters worse  is the fact that the family already had so little and they're in the process of losing their home.

"We need help. I'm not working, I can't find a job, and I haven't been able to pay the mortgage, so that's why we're being foreclosed on," said Hobbs.

"The stuff in our house was our stuff. We just want it back. We don't hold a grudge We don't want anyone to get in trouble for it, we just want it back," said Vercher.

Police say there are a couple important lessons to learn from this incident. When you list something for free on Craigslist, you may get some people you don't necessarily want showing up to your house. If you tell them to come to your house, make sure you are there to greet them.

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