By Michael Abeyta

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – A woman who once lived in Aurora says her former roommate  sold her belongings which included sentimental family belongings.

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Tracy Hilleary (left) and Mary Hilleary (right) (credit: Mary Hilleary)

Mary Hilleary moved to Texas. She says the old roommate posted a Craigslist ad showing her stuff which read, “Come get it, good stuff. No fighting please.”

She put her things in a storage container outside of the house they shared in the Murphy Creek subdivision.

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The roommate got ahold of the key to the container and decided to give everything away.

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(credit: Mary Hilleary)

“Strangers had completely destroyed the pod. Went through boxes, took all the furniture, took clothes, took jewelry,” said Mary’s daughter, Tracy who also lives in Texas.

She says on top of all of the furniture and jewelry, the unsuspecting pickers took some things that had lots of sentimental value.

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(credit: Mary Hilleary)

“Our lives were just ravaged through,” Tracy told CBS4’s Michael Abeyta via FaceTime.

Mary’s grandma’s diamond, Mary’s nursing school pin and family photos… all gone.

“My military tags that I wore in Iraq were found in the street.” Tracy said.

She says since she found out what happened her mother, Mary just hasn’t been herself.

“My mom was devastated. She broke down in tears crying which is very rare for her,” said Tracy. She says Mary won’t even get out of bed.

Mary and Tracy have contacted Aurora Police and are working with them.

They know they will never see most of the things that were taken that day again, but they hope if someone thinks they have some of Mary’s belongings they will give them back, especially the items with sentimental value.

“Please just have the heart to return it to us. Please,” Tracy said.

Michael Abeyta is a 4th generation Coloradan and a Multimedia Journalist for CBS4. His stories can be seen on CBS4 News at 5 & 6. He is on Twitter! Follow him @AbeytaCBS4.

Comments (11)
  1. Lee Datina says:

    with friends like that, who needs enemies?

  2. Loco Moco says:

    Anyone who hears of this and doesn’t return the items they took has serious moral and ethical issues. It’s just basic human decency…

  3. Lee Jenkins says:

    So, is the lawsuit against the former “roommate” in the works? If not, it sure should be. Along with some severe jail time.

  4. Jan Hutto says:

    I think that criminal charges could be brought against the roommate in addition to a civil case. She could be charged with breaking and entering (the container) and theft by conversion for the items.

  5. I agree with the above (4) comments, but I also question why anyone would leave valuable jewelry and sentimental things in a “POD”. The jewelry, in particular, could fit into a purse! Still, criminal charges should be pursued.

  6. Daniel Brown says:

    Ok…ok…ladies…what’s the “real” story?
    Someone got angery over something.

  7. Ret Grant says:

    It doesn’t matter what you do with it, when you take over someone’s property it must be at least illegal entry and theft. Where is the end of the story with charges listed or do the police in that city allow things like this to happen?

  8. two sides to every story, how long did she leave the pod at her old address? Why were her mother’s things in the pod? Why didn’t she move her stuff when she moved herself? Was she paying the rent on the pod? How did the other person end up with the key?

    Ask yourself how long you would be willing to live with a Pod of someone else’s belongings in your driveway?

    If you leave your stuff with a storage facility and don’t pay the monthly fees they can legally enter your unit and sell your stuff to pay the fees. Was this person paying her fees or was the pod company coming after the person who still lived at the address to collect their fees? Maybe the person who lived there wanted the pod gone and the pod company said they would only take the pod if it was empty. Somehow the person was able to get the key so maybe the pod company gave it to her so she could empty the pod and they could collect it. You can’t store your stuff indefinitely on someone else’s property.

    1. Kimo Moana says:

      The reporter in the video says Mary broke up with her boyfriend, put her stuff in the pod, and moved back to Texas. The next day, the now former boyfriend put up an ad in Craigslist, got the key to the pod, and gave away everything in the pod.

  9. Steve Hopple says:

    It is very sad for what happened to her but isn’t this another reason for people to stop living together outside of marriage? Locomoco is right, there is a severe lack of moral and ethical behavior these days…

  10. Lee Oliver says:

    We had caregiver give away family photos and it is very sad world,people who may have her stuff ,have a heart god is watching you .l.r.

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