Kit Pullen woke up yesterday morning to find a ‘huge pile of junk‘ (the entire contents of an apartment) dumped in his driveway, blocking his car inside the garage. A neighbour had seen a U-Haul pull up and unload around 3 am. The furniture and boxes containing books, toys, cd, a Nintendo Wii and more sat all day in the snow, while Pullen tried to determine where they had come from, and what could be done. Police could not help because there was no evidence of a crime.
Police later contacted Pullen, who learned they had pulled over a U-Haul doing an illegal u-turn – the driver was on his way back to Ottawa to retrieve the load. A woman caught in an online rental scam was moving her household contents from Napanee, Ont to Ottawa, and had no idea the address provided was Pullen’s home – and not for rent. The drivers had unloaded the truck because they needed it for another job later that morning.
Nikki Wilson had lost a month’s rent in cash in the scam, and unfortunately, also some of her belongings – by the time the truck returned to Napanee, Pullen had already tossed two mattresses and a box spring, but managed to reach the charity that was coming to collect further items.