A bizarre group of fringe activists are “evicting” people from their Washington state waterfront homes, claiming rightful ownership of the properties.
The group, which appears to be part of the “Moorish Sovereign Citizen” movement, are reportedly harassing Snohomish County residents on expensive properties, claiming ownership of the land beneath the homes.
Detectives in Edmonds state that the people carry official-looking documents, say they own the property and announce they’re moving in.
According to KIRO 7, EPD Sgt. Josh McClure dismissed the alleged authenticity of the MSC.
“Their group believes that they own all of the land between Alaska and Argentina and all the islands in between. Unfortunately, Edmonds falls between that land,” said McClure.
One woman claimed she was told she was being evicted from her home.
“Because we’ve had contacts with this group over the last couple of years, we’ve also notified our local partners with the FBI. They have them on the radar as well, so this has been a collaborative effort with law enforcement in the area,” said McClure.
The homes are usually ones that have been recently put on the market, and police have been particularly careful to monitor vacant homes for squatters.
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