A spokesperson for the Martinez Jail said a man who is accused of stealing a “For Sale” sign off a property so he could try to rent it out on Craigslist is being detained on multiple felony charges.
The 21 year old defendant, Gino Eckstein was booked for trying to rent out a property under false pretenses, suspicion of residential burglary and receiving stolen property. Jail officials also say he’s facing one count of identity theft.
Eckstein first landed on police radar after one of his “potential tenants” responded to the ad he put online. When she arrived, she met with the now defendant, who represented himself as the son of the property owner.
He then asked her for a $1,500 deposit payable by cash or a cashier’s check and asked she fill out a credit application. The woman agreed to the deposit and said she’d get him the money very soon.
A short time later the would-be renter had a conversation with a real estate agent friend about the property. That’s how she learned it was actually listed as being for sale.
The woman eventually contacted police, who asked if she could help them bust the young man. At the time he was captured he had the stolen For Sale sign in the back of his car.
Authorities say he’d already received rental applications from at least four other parties.
Police say that at the time he was arrested, he was out on $100,000 bail bonds on a different case in San Francisco.
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