April 24, 2013
An Albemarle County woman is digging through piles of trash to recover her personal belongings and family heirlooms.
After being evicted from her home, Lynn Moyer was determined to have a fresh start in a new place. With the help of her son, Paul, she loaded up a mobile storage unit outside the home and searched for a place to stay.
The search took longer than expected, and longer than the time she was given to vacate the property.
When she secured housing, Lynn and her son returned to her former home to retrieve the unit. They brought it to Lynn's new home to begin unpacking.
But they quickly realized the original lock had been replaced. When they cut it off and opened the door to the unit, they learned someone had raided it. Several belongings were broken, missing and replaced with trash.
"You feel like somebody literally went into your life and just destroyed it and had their way with it," said Paul Moyer. "I'd have to say overall it was demoralizing."
"I couldn't breathe," said Lynn. "I've never seen anything like this."
The Moyers say china, furniture, electronics and prized family possession were just some of the items missing the unit. In their place were boxes of garbage, dirt, an old tire and other random objects.
"There's a litter box," Paul said while sifting through the disorganized piles. "She doesn't even have a cat."
The landlord says Moyer was not the perfect tenant. He says she was behind on rent, left the home a mess and did not move the storage unit on time.
"Technically, it was still on the property past the time she was supposed to move," said Paul. "I still don't think that gives a guy the right to cut a lock and fill it with trash though."
The landlord would not confirm or deny touching the unit but said everything that was left on the property after 24 hours no longer belonged to Lynn.
Paul says they were told, legally, no crime was committed, but he questions how anyone could be so cruel.
"It makes you think twice about humanity," said Paul. "She was just trying to rebuild from what little she had, and now she's trying to rebuild from what hasn't been taken."