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Placer deputies arrest suspected squatters, clean up ‘dilapidated’ Auburn property

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Two Sacramento residents were arrested for allegedly trespassing and squatting on the property.
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Two Sacramento residents were arrested for allegedly trespassing and squatting on the property.

Deputies have cleared out squatters from a dilapidated North Auburn building, according to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies arrested Cecilia Montez, 44, and Joseph Armendariz Jr., 39, both of Sacramento, after they were found occupying the property.

The sheriff’s Problem-Oriented Policing deputies teamed up with the county Environmental Health department Oct. 25 to conduct the operation, according to a sheriff’s office Facebook post.

Montez allegedly entered the home and changed the locks, and was arrested on drug charges, trespassing and occupying a dangerous building, according to the sheriff’s office. Armendariz was arrested, as well, on an outstanding warrant after he was found trespassing on the property with a significant amount of methamphetamine in his possession.

The home Montez and Armendariz were found in did not have running water or a working septic system, and had been declared uninhabitable by health inspectors. The squatters living there were using a sump pump to pull water from a nearby pond up to the house, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office received calls of disturbances at the property, described as “dilapidated,” in the last month, and sheriff’s K-9 Eros was attacked at the home last week.

Armendariz and Montez both remain in custody, with his bail set at $150,000 and hers at $2,500.

Emily Zentner: 916-321-1074, @emilymzentner

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