Crews demolish wrong house; homeowner accused of switching address numbers
Last Updated: 96 days ago
PONTIAC, Mich. - One man's ingenious plan to save his house from the wrecking ball caused crews to take down the wrong home in Pontiac, Mich., on Thursday.
The man who owned the house that was slated for demolition is accused of exchanging the address numbers with the house next door.
Mike -- the man who owns the house that wasn't supposed to be torn down -- told RTV6's sister station 7 Action News he was planning on renting it out on Oct. 1, and he's wondering if the city of Pontiac owes him a new house.
But many in the neighborhood are happy the wrong house was torn down. They say it was an eyesore with broken windows. They also said squatters were living in the home.
"When I heard they tore down the house on accident I wanted to give them a 12 pack of beer," said neighbor Fred Sargent. "I was that happy."
"If anybody was going to rent that out, it had to be a crack head," Sargent added.
Detectives with the Oakland County Sheriff's Office are now investigating the alleged swapping of address numbers that led to the wrong house being torn down.
Regardless, the man's plan didn't work for long. Crews returned late Thursday to actually tear down the right one.
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