By Anna Giles

FAIRFIELD (CBS13) — Crews carried out 8,000 pounds of trash from one home in Fairfield.

The home how it looked before the clean-up. (Credit: Fairfield Police Department)

That was just the beginning of what police found Tuesday. It’s any neighbor’s worst nightmare, a hoarding case that went on for months before officers could do anything.

“It was kind of sketchy to me, just the vibe I got from it,” said Anthony Villavicencio.

Fairfield Police said complaints started back in June and involved trash, criminal activity and vermin. When the police came in by force, they discovered people had been going to the bathroom outside.

“Our neighborhood used to not be that way, this is a very average neighborhood but we’ve seen the people change,” said Villavicencio.

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This house, located on Atlantic Avenue, has been a challenge for police, to say the least.

“It’s painful for us. It’s painful for the people that would have to deal with it so we appreciate and respect that. The problem is these things take time,” said Sgt. Jausiah Jacobsen with Fairfield Police.

Jacobsen said his department is stuck with the bill for clean up, which could be tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars. All because the homeowner refused to comply with multiple requests to follow city rules and clean up. Those requests eventually became citations. And when those were ignored, then came the court order from the judge.

“We’re going on to their property and taking things and disposing of it. That’s not something we do lightly,” Jacobsen said.

The home after it was cleaned up. (Credit: Fairfield Police Department)

It’s a big strain on Fairfield’s team of five code enforcers. And from here, not much can be done. Although syringes possibly used for drugs were found on the property, that’s not a slam dunk arrest.

“Just because we do find things that may be connected to criminal activity, we still have to identify who that’s specifically associated with,” Jacobsen said.

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All police can do is step up patrols and ask the neighbors to keep an eye out.

“We can’t control what happens there but if we can the best gauge, to know as soon as possible that things are going the right direction or the wrong direction, then we can tailor our response with how to deal with it,” Jacobsen said.

It’s a case where you feel really bad for the neighbors, especially Jacob Freeland.

“Today is my first day here, I literally just pulled up,” Freeland said.

Freeland was moving into a starter home nearby with his wife and baby.

Comments (9)
  1. Jack P says:

    The homeowner clearly has mental health issues but how about some punishment? Say 6 months in a state facility with intensive therapy…that ought to teach them.

  2. Press Cal says:

    For more real crazy California news, Google “Press California”

  3. Their problem was owning a house. If they had done this on a public street, Democrats would have claimed they had the right to do it.

  4. busseja says:

    I have been separated from a wonderful woman who can’t throw anything away. Tons of 1970 magazines glued together because of rain. Trash cans of gum and candy wrappers. Almost two acres in the palos Verdes area of Los Angeles worth a million dollars per acre of vacant land filled with recycling yet to be recycled. It is as bad as altzehimers. Impossible to live with. Impossible to change. They do what they think is right for all the wrong reasons. Have compassion.

  5. Brian Andrejicka says:

    I am living with someone who is a hoarder. Every day I take one garbage bag full of stuff out of the house and I bring it to my dumpster at work. She figured it out and confronted me about it. I told her I’m going to keep doing it and if she didn’t like it, she can divorce me. She is so far not trying to stop me…..let’s hope for the best!

  6. Bunson Honeydew says:

    So because of just a few, the city needs to spend all this time and resources.

  7. Tyronne says:

    It’s not called hoarding when it’s just trash. That’s called lazypig. My mom was a hoarder from WW2. She saved everything from twisty ties, to wrapping paper. But only stuff that could potentially be reused. The house was spotless.

  8. Chris Richards says:

    Code Enforcement puts a lien on the property, and then they can foreclose on the lein, sell the house. In some cases, they can put a Order of Demolition on the house and have it bulldozed in less than six months.

  9. RedSunRising26 says:

    Looks like the ideology of San Fran is contagious…far worse than the Coronovirus.

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