Police arrest auction house owner who kept customers' money

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PHOENIX -- A Valley businessman is busted by police after stealing millions of dollars from his customers!

Arraignment & Court Information

Jan. 14, 8:30 a.m. Commissioner Lisa Vandenberg East Court building room 813 201 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix

Last year, several consumers complained to me that Robert Huillier auctioned off their items at his auction house and instead of keeping a small commission he allegedly kept all of their money.

In fact, he's accused of stealing $2.5 million.

But now, exactly one year later, the law has finally caught up with him.

A woman captured video of Huillier being arrested by Scottsdale police.

"I had a direct hand in setting this man up so police could catch him," Robbie Kelldorf said.

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It turns out that Kelldorf is not the only one who wanted Huillier arrested.

But to understand exactly what he's accused of doing, you have to go back 12 months when 3 On Your Side aired a report on Huillier and a woman named Roberta Harris.

At that time, Harris told 3 On Your Side that she gave Huillier jewelry so he could auction it off at his auction house called Gaige and Company. And although her items did sell, Harris claimed Huillier never gave her the money he received.

"I would like for you to get some answers for me," Harris said.

We found Huillier, who surprisingly admitted at the time that he owed Harris and a lot of people, for that matter, money for items he auctioned off.

"She will get her money," Huillier told 3 On Your Side. "Even if I have to dig ditches, she will get her money."

Apparently, he didn't dig enough ditches because Scottsdale police were looking into Huillier and accusations that he was bilking people.

After a one-year police investigation, Huillier was indicted just last month and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Kelldorf also claims to be a victim and after finding out where Huillier was going to be recently, she called Scottsdale police and then armed herself with a video camera.

"I can't stand seeing all the people who have nothing being taken for everything and he's been doing that for a long time," Kelldorf said.

Records indicate Huillier is an ex-convict who served time in California for theft, but according to Scottsdale police, this latest investigation includes as many as 70 victims and police say the amount of money is staggering.

Police estimate the total loss to the victims to be about $2.5 million. As a result, Huillier remains in jail.

"To see him in handcuffs is, there are no words to say, and I think a lot of people in the Valley who have been taken by this guy will feel the same way," Kelldorf said.

Huillier is charged with fraudulent schemes and theft. His bond has been set at $100,000.