CHANDLER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – A Chandler couple is facing a trespassing charge after police say they found them squatting at a vacant home with two young children.
Police say the home in the neighborhood northwest of Gilbert Road and Chandler Boulevard/Williams Field Road is for sale by Opendoor, an online real estate company. Potential buyers use an app to register and get a code that allows them into the house.
Residents of the quiet cul-de-sac say since the home has been on the market, it's been pretty common to see people coming and going.
One couple, however, did more than just visit the place.
Officers investigating a report of possible squatters arrived at the home the evening of Saturday, Sept. 7 to find Gary Lynn, 29, and Adriana Gamboa, 26, along with Gamboa’s 2-year-old and 4-year old. Police say they had “a stroller, bags of clothing, food and other personal items scattered throughout the house.”
According to the Chandler Police Department, Lynn and Gamboa told officers the house was unlocked, but investigators say Gamboa’s phone had Opendoor app needed to get an entry code.
Police say Gamboa showered while at the home and then bathed her kids.
According to the Chandler Police Department, a potential buyer was the one who called it in.
"An individual was going to look at a house for sale," Detective Seth Tyler said. "Before she went into the house, she noticed that there were individuals and it appeared they were squatting in the house -- a male and a female,. There were children. She saw clothing, food, strollers.”
Opendoor sent Arizona's Family a statement.
“Ensuring the safety of our customers, our neighbors, and our communities is one of the most important things we do every day at Opendoor. When Opendoor receives reports of unauthorized or suspicious activity in our homes, we immediately engage with our customers, investigate, and refer matters to law enforcement when appropriate. We also invest in measures to secure our homes, including advanced home monitoring systems that will automatically dispatch security patrols when abnormal activity is detected. More information on our Trust & Safety measures can be found at opendoor.com/safety."
Police say an Opendoor security officer was sent to the home and discovered that the company's motion detector device had been tampered with.
According to police, the suspects said they had nothing to do with that.
Both Lynn and Gamboa were booked on suspicion of trespassing. Gamboa is also facing a charge of possessing drug paraphernalia. The Department of Child Safety was notified to take custody of her two children.
“For us for the neighborhood, we were all just really sad that there were kids involved,” said neighbor Heather Clark.