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Thieves Show Up To Ransack Hoarder’s Long Beach Home
CBS) ^ | July 7, 2012 11:00 PM | Ed Mertz

Posted on 07/10/2012 6:22:17 PM PDT by BenLurkin

LONG BEACH (CBS) — Officials report that thieves are ransacking a Long Beach home.

That in itself would normally not be news, but the crooks are stealing from a hoarder. And not just any hoarder.

Police and neighbors say thieves and junk scavengers have been stealing from Antonio Gorospe.

Thursday, Gorospe allegedly shot a code inspector in the face before a seven hours-long barricade situation. Police ultimately got him out with tear gas, knocked a wall down with a tractor and a K-9 unit. Our cameras were rolling when the dog took him down.

What are they stealing from Gorospe? Amanda Burden, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, says pretty much everything that’s not nailed down. Junk, scrap metal, rotten food.

Neighbor Carlos Chaidz witnessed the thieving frenzy. “They were taking stuff yesterday.”

Janet Ball, another neighbor, likened it to an out-of-control garage sale, KNX 1070′s Ed Mertz reported. Although no purchases were made. “I seen that iron lamp, it’s gone today. The gate was open yesterday, the day before it was closed. so they’ve been coming in, taking stuff.”

She can’t believe what she saw. “I don’t think it’s right. It’s his property whether it’s junk or not. It’s not right to take his stuff, (especially) if he’s not here.”

Police cruisers now patrol the neighborhood after residents complained it was a free-for-all, literally, at Gorospe’s now-unoccupied house.

Jason Reed, a neighbor, told Burden, “I think they’re trying to steal his scrap, all the metal here. They’re trying to make money. I understand people have to make money, but it’s a crime scene. Just leave it alone.”

The injured code inspector who was shot in the face is out of the hospital, reports Burden.

On his Facebook page Brett Bush wrote, “I am having trouble seeing out of my left eye. Please pray. Also pray that I can wean myself off the pain meds. I have completely forgiven the shooter as I know he is in a place to get the help he needs.”

Neighbors say Gorospe is a good man. Yes, the house is a mess but they say he was never violent before Thursday. He had reportedly been despondent over recently losing his mother.

Says Reed, “I’ve known Tony for eight years. And it’s kinda messed up that after they took him away people keep coming here and taking his stuff. They don’t need t that stuff. He’s a really good guy.”


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: hoarder
Add this to the "Headlines you would never have seen forty years ago" list.
1 posted on 07/10/2012 6:22:21 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Property rights shot in the a$$.


2 posted on 07/10/2012 6:27:11 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: BenLurkin
Thursday, Gorospe allegedly shot a code inspector in the face

After reading the other code inspector story I read today I have to wonder if it wasn't justified.
3 posted on 07/10/2012 6:27:30 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Paladin2
“I am having trouble seeing out of my left eye. Please pray. Also pray that I can wean myself off the pain meds.

The code inspector sounds like a drama queen looking for a lifetime of disability. A day or two in the hospital and he's worrying about addiction to pain killers....online.
4 posted on 07/10/2012 6:42:13 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

Those b0z0s have finally stopped coming on my property.


5 posted on 07/10/2012 6:46:53 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Not really. You have to abide by local zoning laws. This is a hoarder not a SHTF’er. I know I’ll get feces thrown at me for saying this but that’s the facts.


6 posted on 07/10/2012 6:50:14 PM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: Paladin2

Some clown suggested a code inspector for our township at a township meeting a few years back. After the reaction he got, I think he just moved away.


7 posted on 07/10/2012 6:51:11 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: TheRhinelander

It’s all in the interpretation.


8 posted on 07/10/2012 6:53:37 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: TheRhinelander

One man’s hoarder is another man’s prepper.


9 posted on 07/10/2012 6:58:37 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Paladin2
Our township supervisor is fixin to lose his job over an editorial he wrote in the paper. He said "I'll be damned if I'm going to allow any drilling rigs on private property in my township.

He even brought in an EPA "expert" who is actually an attorney who specializes in zoning laws. Basically he's threatening to break the township financially if he doesn't get his way. He might beak the township but he won't be doing it from office.
10 posted on 07/10/2012 7:02:57 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: BenLurkin
He should have gone into business


11 posted on 07/10/2012 7:02:57 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: Kirkwood

The guy’s place looked like Fred Sanford’s junkyard. Nothing I would want to live next...or anywhere nearby.

But the people ripping him off are the real animals, IMO.


12 posted on 07/10/2012 7:03:15 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: dfwgator

18 seconds


13 posted on 07/10/2012 7:05:05 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: cripplecreek

It looked like there was a rig going in just north of Horning Road, east of where it goes around the swamp a year ago or so. I have no idea what township that is.


14 posted on 07/10/2012 7:11:57 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: BenLurkin
Police ultimately got him out with tear gas, knocked a wall down with a tractor and a K-9 unit
I guess when a tractor won't quite get the job done, you need to bring in a really big dog.
15 posted on 07/10/2012 7:15:28 PM PDT by Bob
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To: Paladin2

I didn’t realize you were here in the area but north of Horning rd would definitely be in this township.


16 posted on 07/10/2012 7:27:07 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek
"I didn’t realize you were here in the area"

Now I just occasionally go to Sharonville while I'm working harder than ever to go as Galt as I can as soon as possible.

17 posted on 07/10/2012 7:31:32 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

This is a good place for going Galt without going to the wilderness.


18 posted on 07/10/2012 7:35:53 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: BenLurkin
"blighted residence"

He's being charged with 15 felonies, faces "multiple life sentences" if convicted.


19 posted on 07/10/2012 7:48:17 PM PDT by Theoria (Rush Limbaugh: Ron Paul sounds like an Islamic terrorist)
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To: cripplecreek

Agreed.


20 posted on 07/10/2012 8:27:32 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Theoria

Totally unnecessary but I guess they have all those toys they need to use. probably could have waited him out and avoided all the property damage, whatever happened to all those guys that specialized in talking the guy out rather than blowing up the house?


21 posted on 07/10/2012 8:55:32 PM PDT by trapped_in_LA
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To: Kirkwood

No it’s really not. Hoarding is a real psychological condition. Most preppers are very organized, it’s almost an inherent quality. After all, why prepare if it all goes to hell because of poor storage?


22 posted on 07/10/2012 9:22:11 PM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: Theoria

Freaking swat thugs, just make a situation worse.


23 posted on 07/11/2012 12:21:22 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Kirkwood; TheRhinelander

Being a hoarder sure as heck doesn’t mean that he is a prepper, but you can’t be a true prepper, without being a hoarder.

Trade goods, duplicates, products that will no longer exist, junk and waste that is plentiful today and will be precious after an event, hoarding is an ugly aspect of the deeply prepared.


24 posted on 07/11/2012 12:35:20 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: BenLurkin
She can’t believe what she saw. “I don’t think it’s right. It’s his property whether it’s junk or not. It’s not right to take his stuff, (especially) if he’s not here.”

She's right. Only the government is allowed to take his stuff.

25 posted on 07/11/2012 12:37:17 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: BenLurkin
She can’t believe what she saw. “I don’t think it’s right. It’s his property whether it’s junk or not. It’s not right to take his stuff, (especially) if he’s not here.”

She's right. Only the government is allowed to take his stuff.

26 posted on 07/11/2012 12:39:49 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: BenLurkin

...because having zoning and code laws, and enforcing both, is important enough to charge onto civilian properties and get people shot.

Congrats on all that “freedom” America.


27 posted on 07/11/2012 12:48:45 AM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: BenLurkin

United Nations report on second hand smoke and found it to be harmless....true report for UN


28 posted on 07/11/2012 1:52:16 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: Kirkwood
Only a hoarder will live with dog and cat feces and think nothing of it....toilets that don't work and are black with crap...these aren't collectors, they are mentally ill and many have morbid obesity...big correlation between the 2 when you watch enough of these shows....No prepping involved in refrigerators inside crawling with bugs, one hoarder had 2 dead cats under all the crap crammed intothe house.....health hazard to owner and neighbors...
29 posted on 07/11/2012 2:34:58 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: goat granny

This doesn’t happen overnight. It begins with sloth and anxiety and then escalates over time. Often these people are such loners that no one is even aware of the situation until it has become out of control.

We volunteered to help someone out with our labor. The gutters were full of packed dirt, with a tree growing in a downspout. The refrigerator had not been cleaned in years. It was so packed, that there was no room left for anything additional. It took six hours to clear it out and clean it, including using straight ammonia on the surrounding floor area. There was decayed food in there with best-by dates over 2 years old, plus container after container of unidentifiable leftovers that had been reduced to stinking fuzzy mold. There were 3 cats that could be smelled from the front door and one and half rooms crammed with stuff that had no further use. The microwave, range top and oven were filthy with old grease and spatters that could not be removed. There had obviously been a fire in the oven, which had about 1/2 inch of caked black ash on all sides.

We tried to get the woman to seek some help and she was so offended that she cut off all contact with us.

She is heavy and NOT a prepper.


30 posted on 07/11/2012 7:45:01 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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