MURRYSVILLE (KDKA) — A 43-year-old man from Wilmerding must have fallen in love with a house in an upscale community of Murrysville.
Once he saw it, he decided to stay with no money down and no signed agreement.
Frederick Cooper Harris III decided to squat.
According to police, a real estate agent showed Harris the house Tuesday. Later he came back, broke a garage door window, took down the “for sale” sign and moved in with a sleeping bag and groceries.
The price tag on the house is $625,000.
“I think he thought if he took the sign out of the yard, then the house was off the market and nobody would come knocking,” Howard Hanna Agent Donna Howland said.
But the next day, a handyman came by, saw Harris and called police. Harris went quietly, but initially claimed the real estate agent gave him a key and told him he could stay there. That was a lie.
Harris now calls the Westmoreland County Prison home.