Patrick Kelly was ready to move. He had met a landlord through an acquaintance, toured a condominium in Parkville, signed a lease in early July and paid the $1,500 deposit. He got a key and moved a few things into the new place.
Then on July 12, Kelly packed his family’s belongings into a moving truck and drove with his fiancee and 5-year-old son to the house on the unit block of Ashlar Hill Court – only to discover a man padlocking his new home.
“It turns out I got scammed by this guy,” Kelly said.
The rental was part of a scam that Baltimore County law enforcement officials say they have seen before: a shyster breaks into a vacant home, then posing as landlord offers...