Bank breaks into woman’s home, steals her stuff

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In an unbelievable case of mistaken identity and overreach, a woman has lost all of her belongings because a bank foreclosed on the wrong home. They came in and repossessed all of her belongings, but they had no right to do so. Then they had the nerve to tell her they were ‘not paying retail’ in order to help the woman retrieve her belongings. The bank, First National Bank in Wellston, Ohio, better have a good team of lawyers.

“They repossessed my house on accident, thinking it was the house across the street,” Katie Barnett explained to

“They told me that the GPS led them to my house,” Barnett said. “My grass hadn’t been mowed and they just assumed.”

TheBlaze reported:

She took her problem directly to the bank, presenting its president with a list totaling $18,000 for her stolen belongings.

He refused to pay.

“He got very firm with me and said, ‘We’re not paying you retail here, that’s just the way it is,’” Barnett said. “I did not tell them to come in my house and make me an offer. They took my stuff and I want it back.”

“They ruined her house, foreclosed on it, took all the stuff, broke things, trashed the place and now she’s left with nothing,” Pat summarized.

Glenn promised that TheBlaze would continue to cover this story until the bank rectifies the situation.

“First National Bank in Wellston, Ohio, I would recommend that you do the right thing. And it’s really shameful that you have to be shamed into it, and I would recommend that all those who have accounts with the First National Bank in Wellston call the bank and say, “What are you doing?” I mean, I’m doing business with you because you’re a local bank. Stop being a dirtbag. Do the right thing. Settle with these people. And if you haven’t, on Monday we’re going to do a nice long expose. And then on Tuesday we might even do a longer one. And on Wednesday we’ll do a huge one. And maybe if it takes a couple of weeks, we might be parked in front of your stinkin’ bank.”

  • Sam Fisher

    Well those bankers are going to lose everything. Would not want to be in their shoes. Sad thing is this is what liberals want done to anyone that has more money than they do. This also is a great metaphor for Marxism.

    • snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

      Exactly – what the bank has done to her, the Democrats did to Detroit, are doing to other cities and states, and are doing to the nation as a whole.

  • snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    I hope she does sue, and wins everything in return ten fold. The bank has broken the law and wronged her beyond measure, and they need to pay.

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      Glenn should be if the woman wants him to, is encourage  people that
      have an account with that bank to close it. Watch how fast they start
      singing a different tune when they see any money they have going bye

      • Anonymous

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    • Anonymous

      Of course, she should sue to recover her damages. That being said, someone broke into her home and stole the contents. As Harvey Keitel said in National Treasure, “Somebody has to go to prison”.

      • James DeCamp

        No crime, it was just incompetence.  I think 18 k would be cheap.

        • Steve Harrell

          Your argument is invalid.  Incompetence is no excuse for breaking the law.  It should be considered criminal negligence.  To blame the GPS is a sore excuse and will not stand in court.  I’m sure that foreclosures have legal processes which must be followed and they failed to physically identify the property upon arrival.

        • Anonymous

           Sorry, I didn’t mean to rob YOUR house.  I meant to rob your neighbor.

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, it is kind of like “I’m here to repossess your neighbor’s stuff that he isn’t paying for.  However, you have better stuff so I am going to take that instead.”

    • James DeCamp

      Someone at the bank has absolutely no sense of proportion.  18k is beyond cheap.  Settle fast and make a groveling apology or be skewered by a vengeance minded jury.  If I were on the jury, treble damages (retail) would be a low ball estimate, the law be damned.  There was obviously no malice, initially, but the bank’s failure to quickly make this good is a severe aggravating factor.   

      Anyone who has an account at that bank and can do so conveniently, close your account.  Switch bill paying and direct deposit elsewhere.

    • Anonymous

       Ya the bank broke in and stole her goods ?????? Maybe people at the bank they cannot read English and match person name with street name and house number  on the foreclosure papers to match with address for their excuse  ??? Question was this person out spoken conservative ???  Did the bank use the ruse as wrong address for cover to cause mental stress and,harassment  economic,hard ship trying replace cherish stuff and memorable items !!  I say sue them to the hilt for mental anguish !!  The bank owe her full replacement value not some second hand items from strangers to bring into her home and the bank President should be charge with breaking entering and stealing and selling stolen goods   the foreclosure papers were for another address ,what the bank want to do make a profit from selling stuff from the foreclose address and this person address and maybe the next ruse address then say their not responsible BS ,make them pay big time !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    The bank is hoping that she doesn’t have the money to hire an attorney to fight them and will just get tired of the fight and accept their sub par offer.  This bank is SCUM!

    • Anonymous

       I’m sure there will be many lawyers who will do it gratis.

  • Anonymous

    The bank had no authority and a good lawyer will wipe this bank out

  • Sargonarhes

    What Glenn should be if the woman wants him to, is encourage  people that have an account with that bank to close it. Watch how fast they start singing a different tune when they see any money they have going bye bye.

    • Anonymous

      I already sent an e-mail but I have a feeling the president will intercept these e-mails, and the board will never get to see the way people feel about it, which is outrage!

  • FingerBlisters

    I would guess that would be called theft. She should have the bank president/manager arrested and put in jail. Then see how long it takes to rectify this problem.

    • Rose

       I agree, the police should be called.

  • Anonymous

    Of course, she should walk right on down to the DA department and swear out a warrant naming the bank president, the vice-president, their attorneys (after all, they had to prepare the paperwork), the workers, etc.  Then demand that they be arrested immediately (and, of course, perf walked into the police station).  Also, make sure that this is all done LIVE on TV.  That may give them something to think about.  The bank would probably have a run the following day.

  • Anonymous

    She should sue. I would expect judgment for reimbursement at retail, together with punative damages. The bank’s response was disgusting!

  • dennis reilly

    I hope a judge decrees she can go and trash the bank presidents home after he pays her $18,000

  • jalina susan stutte

    Everyone who has accounts at this bank needs to close them before this same thing happens to you! This poor woman needs to SUE not for $18,000, but for a couple of million to cover the mental anguish and stress she has been put through also. Set a example for all the banks to know that this will not be tolerated. The bank manager and the repo artists should be arrested for theft/ burglary and if the law does not comply sue them too.

  • Richard Wadzinski Jr

    well after trying to do the right thing  the owner of the broke in and robbed house should file charges of breaking n entering theft and damage of her home and put the bank president and his cronies in jail for a long time furthermore then sue the crap out of them to have her home renovated to what is was before they destroyed it and replace all items at replacement cost. damn crooks i would of layed them out if caught in my home.

  • Bryan Pocock

    Google search for First National Bank Wellston Ohio comes up with 1) their own website and 2) a link on MSN to this story about the false foreclosure story.  Oops.

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully, the public votes with removing their accounts from this bank. If I were the bank board, I would fire the bank president and pay this woman triple what she was claiming and advertise their actions so that they could cut their losses. The legal bill from their attorneys is sure to cost them 10-20 times the amount of the woman’s claim. If they restored all of her things, they could have come out looking like they’re at least human. This may (and SHOULD) prove very, very costly for the bank. 

  • Anonymous

    Stay on it Beck MAKE them squirm , living alarm system’s work the best  2 tundra shepherds please come on break in they like to play until you get tired .
    Give it to them Katie 

  • Tonya Pugh
  • 2War Abn Vet

    The bank personnel should be charged with breaking and entering and burglary. Then a civil suit should follow, and not for a piddling 16K..

  • amhoward07 .

    Being from the general area of Wellston, and still having family who lives in the area, all I can say is WOW.  It is one thing to make a mistake, but making a mistake and owning up to it and then doing whatever you can to FIX that mistake is what matters.  First National Bank needs to own up and take responsibility for their actions and either give this woman her stuff back or pay it back in full.  It’s a shame to see that this woman is going to have one heck of a headache in dealing with this crap.  My opinion is that there is no difference in what this bank did to some random person breaking into someone’s home to steal their belongings.  I would highly recommend and encourage anyone who is a member at this particular bank to take their business elsewhere!

  • Anonymous

    She should take them to small claims court.  After she wins she can just walk into the bank with a Sheriff at her side and start pointing to ALL OF THEIR STUFF THAT SHE WANTS.  And it’s HERS TO KEEP.

  • Mad Dawgg

    I literally live within “rock throwing’ distance of the First National Bank in Wellston and Glenn and crew I applaud your efforts in seeing to it this poor woman gets her due! Thank you guys!

  • Anonymous

    Why aren’t the police arresting these dirt bags for breaking and entering, burglary and theft?

  • Anonymous

    I live there and the bank did go into the wrong home and take her stuff which was two empty dressers, that was it.  She wanted $18000 for two empty dressers.  They invited her to come to the bank and discuss the matter and she never showed.  The next they hear was the internet buzz around.  No news organization contacted the bank for their side.  If you do have an account there I suggest you ask about the situation instead of closing the account.  Let the bank have time to respond.  I guess she was on vacation for a few months in another state and the grass hadn’t been mowed the utilities were off.  The GPS lead the banks people there. It was the neighbors house that had been foreclosed on.  It was a mistake.  But I can see how it happened.  I also think there should be a settlement but for two empty dressers 18K.  I just think it’s a bit much.

    • Marie

       Did you actually watch the news footage?  Her house is EMPTY!  You can’t tell me they just took 2 dressers.  Her stuff might not have been new, but now, since they can’t give it back apparently, it has to be REPLACED!  If you think it’s cheap to refurnish a house, you must be used to yard-sale furniture and using spools for tables.  She had engines and engine parts in her shop.  If it were me, I would find it hard to put a price on items I could sell myself on ebay, not to mention the sentimental value of anything she had.  The bank could have gotten off easy for the mistake.  Now if she’s smart, she will get a good lawyer and I’m certain the bank will end up paying way more than they would have with her simple itemized request. 

      • Anonymous

        Did the news go to the bank and ask their side see their list of what was taken from the home?  I am just saying there are two sides to every story.  It doesn’t affect me one way or another.  There are shady people just as well as shady banks.  Guess we will just have to wait for the courts to decide or the settlement one or the other.

        • Marie

           The news station did try to interview the bank.  They gave a vague statement about “working with Ms. Barnett to resolve the situation,” but gave no other information.  I’m sure they are avoiding giving a lawyer any ammo when it comes down to legal action.  I agree that there are shady people everywhere and certainly based on the news report footage, I would say that her furniture was old. if they could give it back, she still might not be satisfied.  But if she has to replace it, certainly it’s going to cost more than the actual furniture was worth.  I agree that it will be interesting to see how this is settled. 

  • Anonymous

    The old “the dog ate my GPS” excuse.  No confirmation of house number/property address?  No looking at a plat map with parcel/tax ID, showing location on the block, such as had to be submitted with the original loan ap & (required) title insurance paperwork?  JUST TRUSTED A GPS?!?  Give them 30 days in the stocks for general mopery & dopery.

  • Anonymous

    she should sue and be given the deed to own her house outright! we should all sue the banks, they owe US for their bailouts, morgan,chase,america,wellsfargo….demand our money back! banks are criminals, creditors are criminals, autosales are criminals…lawyers are criminals..politicians are criminals…

  • Anonymous

    this is local hometown bank there are only two banks in town both local not a big bank situation our area is very rural and not financially competitive.  Guess it doesn’t matter to me one way or the other. I don’t have an account at that bank.  Nor do I know the woman.  You act like this is a big bad bank from wall street.  It isn’t.  We have one local factory that employs most of the people here.  Not many local businesses.  A McDonalds, KFC/LJS combo, Wendy’s and a dairy queen are the only chain restaurants in the area.  The bank does not own this woman’s home to give it to her.  And like I said she only had two empty dressers they had to detail what was taken from the home  It clearly was a mistake.  It clearly needs to be addressed.  But all that has been put out there has been from this woman not verified by the bank. I am sure it will end up in court and maybe the bank will have to pay her 18K or more.  But for two empty dressers I just think its a bit much. I do think she should be compensated but fairly.  Over inflated estimates are not uncommon.  They clearly were wrong.  But, this poor lady who just got back from a 4 month stay in Florida comes home to find her two dressers moved out and the locks changed really isn’t the worst story I heard this week. 

    • Mad Dawgg

       Ah from the news story she herself tells 10TV news she had way more than two dressers so you are either calling her a liar OR have your facts wrong. Which is it?

      • Anonymous

        Mr. Morrow, this is what the bank had in their detailed account listing of what property was taken from, I have not seen this so it is second hand information from a bank employee.  I don’t know the lady don’t know if she is a liar or not I am just saying maybe we should get all the facts before we bury the bank.  Would be nice to still have the option of two banks in town.  If you have never made a mistake in your businesses in the past then I applaud you but I can see how this one happened.  And I agree that she should be compensated and so does the bank I think they were looking at something a little more fair.  Could it be possible that this woman’s home was broken into while she was away and when the bank got there that was all that was left.  With no grass being mowed and no utilities I could see thieves taking advantage.  Maybe, she is as honest as they come and that is what happened.  You are a funny and fine Wellstonian I have known you since I was a youngin’ I don’t have a beef with anyone just think we should wait for all info to come in first. 

  • Mad Dawgg

    Just a local update: (I live right down the block from the bank)  The bank President has responded via PDF.

  • Mark Jessup

    Why hasn’t a criminal complaint been filed for breaking and entry, theft, and destruction of property?  Frog march that putrid little sack o’ sh*t ‘bank president’ out of his office, cart him down to police headquarters, take his mug shot, and then have him post bail!

    Wellston Ohio city fathers ought to be leaning on that bank to either do the right thing, or refuse to do any business with them whatsoever and encourage all city residents to withdraw their funds. 

  • Jay Weisburd

    what I don’t understand is why this is not a police case of breaking, entering, grand larceny ad vandalism. There was no legal right to enter the wrong address…why make this just a civil matter…a criminal case may lead to a faster restitution as whether or not this woman presses charges may be dependent on any out of court settlement.

    • Guest

       She probably already went to the police, who then found out it was a bank posession type of deal and left  her to deal with the bank.

  • Mitchell Pierce

    One of the problems with this situation is that the Chief of police in McArthur, Ohio, where she lives, has already closed the case so pressing charges isn’t much of an option at this point. At this point she needs to sue the bank for her belongings and also damages. Then she should sue the McArthur Police department for closing the case. Last I checked, someone breaks into your house and steals all your belongings, that’s called theft, doesn’t matter who or why, its still theft. You don’t have to have malice to commit a crime, some people steal for the sake of stealing and now this bank has been given a pass on committing a crime. Its ridiculous that this is even an issue.

  • Anonymous

    I had May Flower moving try and pull that very same kind of irresponsible scam and after they met my lawyer there was a major attitude adjustment…

  • greywolfrs

    I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than
    standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the
    issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and
    corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all
    property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers
    conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the
    people, to whom it properly belongs.
    -Thomas JeffersonI guess Thomas Jefferson was a pretty smart guy…

  • Know Really

    It’s one thing to make a mistake, don’t compound it by being an idiot.  Go get ’em, Glenn.  Hope you make them very uncomfortable.  A lawsuit is a PITA to have to do to get your own stuff back because you didn’t mow the lawn (a little sarcasm).  

  • Anonymous

    question anywhere i have lived they have to have the sheriff there to evict someone?
    and if its the wrong house it is not a mistake it is grand theft file theft charges.
    and sue in addition it definitely is going to going to cost the bank more than 18k
    no belongings you have to have housing food and other incidentals and do not forget when sueing name the bank president and directors personally.
    and do not forget anyone in possession of your possessions is guilty of receiving stolen property

  • crazy betty

    she has suffered extreme mental duress… there isn’t a jury in the land that wouldn’t award this woman whatever she asked and then some.

  • Anonymous

    I am a local person, there are only a hand full of local banks in our area, with First National being one of the middle sized banks. Other competing banks would be WesBanco, Ohio Valley Bank, Milton Bank. Then you have a credit union which is the Atomic Credit Union. FNB of Wellston REALLY REALLY  needs to settle with this lady! She deserves $18,000 tripled! That is such a crock…”gps lead u there”..anyone who lives in our very rural area knows NOT to depend on gps, as they often loose satellite signal anyway! LOL, how stupid of an excuse. 

  • Watch it

    “Call First National Bank Of Wellston for our 24 hour service at 740-384-2146 / Toll Free number 866-888-6280″  ( from their website 

    Go ahead and let them know how you feel about it, and suggest they settle GENEROUSLY with the victim as it will be cheaper for them in the long run than lawsuits, court costs, lost customers, and future business.

  • Anonymous

    The bank should face criminal charges for Grand Larceny and breaking & entering, destruction of property, and criminal negligence.

  • Anonymous

    Media is taking this out of control. I have family that works there. Blame this on the actually people involved not the entire bank. what glenn beck is reporting is only hearsay. He has done no actually journalism on this story. The lady had nothing except 2 chest of drawers in the house. The house was also abandoned. The lady is trying to lie her way into receiving A LOT more money than what was in the house. But yes i do believe she deserves something, because this was wrong. but remember there’s always 2 sides to a story. People like GLENN BECK dont care if this bank goes out of business and those workers lose their jobs. Glenn Beck was made rich by corporations, he is a millionaire and does not care about all of those other workers at the bank.  

    • Anonymous

      Boo hoo. It doesn’t change one thing. The bank invaded her privacy, stole things that obviously meant something to her, trespassed on private property, broke open the door to get in, rearranged her entire house…whether you like it or not or know someone who works at the bank, the bank’s method of handling this travesty made them seem like incompetent “inbred Jeds”, not professionals who recognize that it takes little to admit responsibility and pay generously for what they DID, not simply what her things were worth. By the way, the property was NOT abandoned. But nice try to create facts that fit your claims. You just don’t get it. It’s not simply the worth of the items removed, it’s the nature of the mistake and the bank’s callous dismissal of their actions that has everyone up in arms. No one is blaming the tellers or the general workers at the bank. They are blaming the bank’s management. If your friend’s family is in management, then, yes, I blame them and I consider them callous jackasses too dumb to understand the magnitude of what kind of backlash could result from their choices.

      • Anonymous

        Believe me i know more about this than you do. if u just say the name of the bank for the blame and not the president and loan officer involved then  that in-turn blames everyone at the bank. Blaming just the bank can destroy hard working families that just work their and have nothing to do with it. The family that i have working their are just tellers and they have been called some of the worst things. Journalism is truly dead. people dont like to look into the story. they just like to read the headline and then judge. 

        • Anonymous

          And yet, again, perhaps the secondary fallout is something that the bank president and loan officer should address. No one should be blaming your family, but that is the unfortunate fallout. You don’t want them to name the bank, only the responsible individuals. The responsible individuals HAVE been named and the bank is about to become a litigant in a case that will be filed publicly if they keep making excuses and trying to dodge responsibility.
          The way the free market works, when a bank’s personnel sully the reputation of the bank, many will cease doing business with them and shift their funds to competing businesses. It’s unfortunate that the bank’s actions affect employees who are innocent, but that’s part of the game. So far, the bank’s management has only written denials and tried to excuse their behaviors. Any marketing professional could give them chapter and verse on why this type of foolishness can kill businesses. A business that ignores this has a high chance of failure.
          What’s happening to your family is wrong, but it does not change what happened. You don’t like the mistreatment your family is enduring. That makes you normal. However, you’re also trying to minimize what happened to the lady who owned the house. That is NOT. No matter the misplaced anger to your family members, it does not give you the right to excuse their business’s actions. My facts came from the explanatory letter released by the bank management, in which they ADMIT that they did exactly what was alleged. They simply attacked the lady’s credibility by shifting the blame to her for an apparently messy house and yard. What more do you know about it than I do? You haven’t described anything more here than what was already known, except you, like the bank, blame the property owner. The fact of the matter is that this has been handled in the worst possible manner from the very beginning. The fact that there is fallout is not the fault of those who report on it and a story that left the bank unnamed would have made absolutely no sense.

          • Guest

             You hit the nail on the head.

  • Anonymous

    Remember he does not fight for the 99%. He makes millions being a puppet for corporate media 

  • Garland Surratt

    When some one breaks into your home and robs you the police make an arrest and charges said robber with Breaking and Entering. Why have the police not made an arrest here. They do not negotiate with the robber’s for the home owners things. The bank has admitted guilt so now arrest them unless big bank is above the law. 

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Glenn for keeping such an arrogant action and inaction out in front of all! In a case like this the Bank president needs to be charged and due process applied, mistake or not. If I am charged with speeding and was not, that is what happens, like it or not.

  • Anonymous

    Question is this obama new way to silence conservatives or Tea Party , We have many more police raids, and other agencies that also have no knock policy come into your house ,then for their ruse cover or excuse say sorry wrong house and officers suffer no recourse and you cannot suite because government !  Is this bank settling the next precedent to instill fear among people who oppose obama as president ,with the ruse wrong address for foreclosure and the U.S Attorney General will back the banks !!!  Hey to the U.S attorney general you really think the people going trust your doing right for them with your voters policy or anything ?? ,When you had the case against the Black Panthers dismiss in outright voter intimidation !!!!????? P.S  I don’t care what color these goons were white,black,red,yellow or even purple or green it was wrong !!!!!!!!!!!! We The People will not forget when come time to vote for any Democrat and especially the progressives Democrats !!

  • Aaron K. Baxter

    She should have called the cops then whoever broke in, papers or not, would be arrested.  This falls into vandalism, theft, breaking and entering, and trespassing. :)  Oh the would be SOOOO screwed if it was me and not her.  Shortly after the police I would have every broadcasting station on site :).

  • Anonymous

    Where are the police on this?  Breaking & entering, theft of personal property in excess of $500.  Aren’t those felonies?  They can’t use the GPS as an excuse since the house MUST have had the appropriate house number displayed.  The bank president should have paid the $18,000 if only to save his employees or agents from jail and he probably would have not had to admit culpability.  Instead, he brings national attention to himself and his bank by highlighting business practices that are questionable at best.  The victim should get the $18,000 plus an appropriate amount for damages.

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