By JOLT staff
Seven or eight squatters were evicted from a rental home in Olympia today after Thurston County Sheriff’s Deputies repossessed it on behalf of its landlord on the basis of a court order.
Some of the squatters were still at home, seemingly unconscious when a locksmith, a friend of the owner and several reporters arrived early June 4 at 10 a.m. to watch eight sheriff’s deputies knocking on the front and back doors.
One of the squatters demanded that the video recording of him stop because he did not provide “clearance”. See the video, above.
Owner Neil MacLean said The JOLT that it would cost him $ 5,000 and take six people two days to clean up. He said the deportation process started last September.
All of the tenants who were on the lease left on November 1, 2020. The last sublet tenant left on May 1, 2021, said MacLean, who resides in San Francisco.
The interior of the house was ransacked, with anarchist graffiti in several rooms and a damp smell throughout the house.
Sheriff’s deputies spotted several ballistic vests and contacted the Olympia Police Department for potential documents.
A “cold case” was solved by the eviction: a three-foot wooden structure that had remained outside the Frog Pond grocery store as an icon for decades on 2102 Capitol Way S, had disappeared at the winter 2020. The frog had been repainted as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle with an anarchy sign on it. He also squatted in the living room of the house.
No arrests were made and “no attempt has been made to identify individuals inside the house,” according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, adding that “no charges will be returned for the moment” [for prosecution].
June 4, 2021, 3:07 PM – This story has been updated.