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New Details Emerge in Story of Woman Whose Belongings Were Wrongfully Repossessed: Here's What You Need to Know

"Mrs. Barnett did not advise this officer..."

Katie Barnett's home. (screen grab)

Katie Barnett's home (screen grab)

New details have emerged in the story of an Ohio woman whose belongings were wrongfully repossessed by a bank – and they raise some serious questions.

First National Bank in Wellston, Ohio, does not dispute that it broke into Katie Barnett’s home and wrongfully repossessed some of her belongings.

The bank does, however, dispute Barnett’s claim that it destroyed an estimated $18,000 worth of her possessions.

The bank’s cleaning crew failed to keep accurate records of what it removed from her home. So it’s Barnett’s word against the bank.

But here’s where things gets interesting: police didn’t file a report on the incident for a full month and when they eventually got around to it on July 25, "Mrs. Barnett did not advise this officer of anything being taken or missing,” reported.

“Barnett says that is true,” the report added. “[S]he and her husband were going through a separation at the time; she was moving back into the house right after her husband moved out.”

Barnett said, "And it wasn't until, you know, I spoke to my husband later that, I realized that he had not taken those items out of the house when he left.”

The official police report doesn’t list the party responsible for removing Bartlett’s possessions. No charges were filed at the time.

The prosecutor for Vinton County told 10TV that Bartlett could send the report back to police to add additional information.

Barnett has been advised by her attorney to decline all media interviews.

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