The stolen house in Bastrop County that has cost two strangers thousands

An illegal deal has affected two strangers in many ways.

A Bastrop homeowner doesn't know where her bed is. She can't find her microwave, and she couldn't tell you where her clothes ended up. Her entire house was stolen -- hooked up and hauled off without her knowledge. None

BASTROP - A Bastrop homeowner doesn't know where her bed is.

She can't find her microwave and she couldn't tell you where her clothes have gone.

Her entire house was stolen, hooked up and hauled off without her knowledge.

Worried she wasn't getting help from the sheriff's office, her family contacted the KVUE Defenders.

Defender Mike Rush found answers for the woman just trying to find her way back home.

One humble home is at the center of one colossal cluster.

When Mike Rush asked Olyn Toledo-Torres who owns the mobile home in question, she answered, “I do.”

Jorge Roman answered the same question this way: “Well, I bought the mobile home.”

Yes, the three-bedroom home appears to have two owners.  It’s the ultimate house divided.

Let’s start with Toledo-Torres, who bought the house new and moved it to her five-acre plot in Bastrop County. 

Rush: "How many years was it here?"

Toledo-Torres: "I bought it in 2015."

She's a truck driver, who can be gone for weeks at a time. When she recently returned from the job, her house was full of strangers.

“See, I have problems with squatters,” Toledo-Torres said. 

So, Torres went through the courts to kick them out. However, just days before the eviction was supposed to happen something strange occurred.

Rush: "They took your home?"

Torres: "Yep."

Rush: "And sold it?"

Torres: "Yep, that they did."

“Who would have thought in a million, thousand years that they would have taken the house,” she questioned in bewilderment.

Whoever did it, left a big mess behind. There was trash everywhere on the property and the skirting was thrown aside.

“They cut off all the electrical. They tore apart all my boxes,” said Toledo-Torres.  “All the boxes are gone.”

Rush: "So they were running and gunning? They were in a hot hurry?"

Toledo-Torres:  "Yeah, they were just ready. They took what they could and ran with it you know."

As she walked along the foundation where her home used to sit, Toledo-Torres said, “Just wondering where the house is.”

The Bastrop County Sheriff's Office knows and is investigating the crime. But Toledo-Torres said they aren't sharing many details.

The Sheriff denied KVUE’s request for an interview.  

So, the Defenders did our own investigating.

Mike Rush knocked on doors and asked questions.

He tracked down the company hired to move the home with help from neighbors, who saw it being hauled away.

The owner of J&S Mobile Home service told Rush a guy named "Horacio" hired him to bring the home to some land less than seven miles away from Toledo-Torres’ property.

Rush: "Looks like we may have found our mobile home."

The land is owned by the father of Jorge Roman.  Remember, he’s buyer number two.

Rush: "Were you aware that there is another owner of this mobile home?"

Jorge Roman:  "No sir, I didn't know that."

He said he had no idea the mobile home he bought for $6,000 wasn't for sale until Rush told him.

Rush: "How do you fix that?"

Jorge Roman: "I really don't know."

Jorge Roman said he bought the home from a couple who didn't have the title. He said he couldn't remember the guy's name.

Rush: "What did he say his connection was to the mobile home?"

Jorge Roman: "He said that it was his mom's place....that he was going to move to Odessa to work over there."

The woman signed a bogus bill of sale as Nicole Michelle Hanke.

It’s a big clue the Bastrop County Sheriff's investigator had not seen yet because Jorge said he was never contacted.

Horacio Roman, who hired the mover, paid the couple selling the stolen house but with Jorge's money.

Horacio Roman is Jorge Roman's uncle and the middleman in this illegal deal.

He said investigators hadn't contacted him either.

Rush: "You didn't know that it had been stolen, basically?" 

Horacio Roman: "No, I don't know. I don't know, sir."

Horacio Roman said an acquaintance connected him with the couple selling the home. 

At a recent court hearing, a judge quickly ordered Toledo-Torres' home be returned to her.

Rush brought Jorge Roman along and introduced him to the detective on the case. He also made another introduction.

Rush: "Jorge, this is Olyn. Olyn is the owner of the mobile home."

And to top it off, Rush arranged for Torres to see her home for the first time since it was stolen. It was a bittersweet homecoming.

Her furniture and belongings are missing. The stuff inside the home is not hers and the place is trashed.

“Everything is just destroyed,” she said.

There were holes, writing all over the walls and broken door jams.

“That makes me want to cry. This was my first home,” she said. 

In this twisted Texas tale, it appears, at least for now, there are no winners.

Jorge Roman said, “She's getting her house back and I don't know what I'm going to do to find my money.”

From Toledo-Torres’ point of view, “I won the house back but I have to move it back. That's a lot of money just to rebuild what they -- what was destroyed," she said.

Toledo-Torres said she’s trying to decide what to do next, but adds it may not be worth the expense to move her home back.

The Bastrop County investigator told Rush he has two suspects and believes arrests are coming soon.

As odd as this sounds, the county has worked cases like this before.

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