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SQUATTER SPOTTERS: Family says their electricity was stolen

Posted at 6:13 PM, Aug 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-09 21:28:18-04
A family is pleading for help after they say squatters next door crossed property lines to rip them off.
The vacant home near Harmon Avenue and Nellis Boulevard has become a source of fear and emotional stress for Becky Spurling. She says squatters started stealing her home's electricity this week.
It's a lot for her to handle in addition to her husband Jim Cutlar's health problems.
Most of her days are spent at Sunrise Hospital where Cutlar has been for nearly a year.
In Spurling's rare time at home, only a fence separates her from what Jim's brother Louis calls "a visible hazard."
"We have squatters next door, we don't want them there," Louis Cutlar said. "It could get bad. They could break in or something like that."
Facing the threat of squatters and monitoring her husband's health, Spurling is doing her best to hold everything together.
The family told 13 Action News the house has been vacant since the recession and squatters have been in and out for at least a year. The Cutlars tolerated it until the unwelcome guests stole electricity.
No one answered when 13 Action News knocked on the door of the empty home.
Louis Cutlar says they've called Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, but no squatters were there when officers arrived.
LVMPD has encouraged people to continue calling in complaints to the non-emergency 311 line.