Real Estate Agent Stole Competitor's 'For Sale' Signs: Cops

Robert Toth charged with weird crime

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Nov 23, 2012 4:35 PM CST

(Newser) – Well, that's one way to hurt the competition: A Connecticut real estate agent has been charged with stealing a competitor's "for sale" signs from the front lawns of area homes. Police say 54-year-old Robert Toth was charged Wednesday with third-degree larceny and first-degree criminal trespass, after Jihad Shaheer complained in September that his signs had been stolen from more than eight sites. Police tell the Connecticut Post that they later determined that Toth, who had worked for Shaheer before opening his own real estate company, had been taking the signs.

In this Thursday Nov. 8, 2012, photo, a house is shown "for sale" in Alhambra, Calif.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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