Couple Uses Mice, Snakes in "For Sale" Dispute: Police

By Dan Stamm
|  Friday, Jun 28, 2013  |  Updated 9:33 AM EDT
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Couple Uses Mice, Snakes in "For Sale" Dispute: Police

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A Main Line couple trying to unload their home allegedly tried to sabotage the value of their neighbor’s house by throwing vermin on their lawn.

Two real estate agents in the wealthy Philadelphia suburb are accused of tossing dead mice and snakes onto the lawn of their neighbor's Booth Lane house, which is up for sale.

Police in Lower Merion also allege Jonathan and Andrea Straub were caught on video cutting branches off trees and knocking over “For Sale” signs. They've been cited for disorderly conduct and harassment.

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The Straubs' three-bedroom home is also for sale, on the market for $1 million. They both sell multi-million dollar homes for Prudential Fox & Roach, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Messages left for the couple weren't immediately returned. An attorney who says he represents them, Anyhony List Jr., tells the Inquirer the charges are “absurd.”

"This is spun out of control and is just absurd,” List told the paper. “This is a minor dispute with the caretaker guy."

Police say Mary Martell, the Straub’s neighbor, had been hospitalized, but that a house sitter told her someone had been knocking over the “For Sale” sign.

 


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