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Police: Real Estate Agent Stole Signs From Competitor

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File photo of a "for sale" sign.  (credit: Thomas Northcut/Getty Images)

File photo of a “for sale” sign. (credit: Thomas Northcut/Getty Images)

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — A Connecticut real estate agent has been charged with stealing a competitor’s “For Sale” signs from the front lawns of area homes.

Police say 54-year-old Robert Toth, of Shelton, was charged Wednesday with third-degree larceny and first-degree criminal trespass. Toth is the owner of American Home Realty in Trumbull.

Police say U.S. Asset Realty owner Jihad Shaheer complained in September that his signs had been stolen from more than a half-dozen sites in Bridgeport, as well as from the front of two homes in Stratford.

Police told the Connecticut Post that they later determined Toth to be the person taking the signs.

Toth had worked for Shaheer before opening his own real estate company.

Authorities say Toth could face up to five years in prison and fines adding up to $5,000 if he is convicted of larceny.  He could also get up to a year for the trespassing charge.

Toth declined to comment.

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