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UPDATE: Neighbors work together to clean up squatter home

Posted at 5:40 AM, Feb 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-28 02:52:10-05

UPDATE FEB. 27: People living near a Huntridge neighborhood squatter home are coming together to try to clean it up, hoping it will cut back on some recent neighborhood crime.  

According to one neighbor, after our story aired on 13 Action News, the homeowner's family and some neighbors started to make improvements.  

Shawn Memapan says he was more than happy to board up the window to keep people out of the home.

"They'd have to be pretty determined to get back in. Nothing is foolproof, but I don't think they can get in without anyone noticing," Memapan said.
Memapan said he is hopeful the owner can find someone to buy the house or a good tenant to make sure squatters don't return.


LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- People living in a neighborhood on the east side of the Las Vegas valley say some squatters are getting into an abandoned home because the doors are wide open, and nothing is locked. 

The house is located near Maryland Parkway and Charleston Boulevard. 

Even though there are "No Trespassing" signs posted, they are not keeping the squatters out.

People who live in the neighborhood said that squatters are stealing furniture and other items out of the home.

They're also now concerned because they say the squatters are taking their crimes outside of the home and into the rest of the neighborhood. They say the squatters are stealing from other people in the neighborhood and breaking into cars.

According to CrimeMapping, there have been six burglaries within a half mile of the squatter home just in the past week.  

"He stole my husband's phone out of his hand, and took off down the street and then drove away," says one neighbor, Andrea Burpee.  

13 Action News reached out to the homeowner, but there was no answer.  

So 13 Action News then reached out to the city to see if there was anything they could do about it. Code Enforcement immediately went to the house to get it locked up, and they say the rest of the house should be secure in the next couple days.