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Police charge local estate sale planner following complaints

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JAMESTOWN, N.C. -- Police charged Christian Michael Cassell with two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense, one felony count of attempting to obtain property by false pretense and two counts of larceny. Cassell operates Triad Estate Sales also known as Two Gentlemen Estate Sales.

Three families say they hired Cassell to sell their items in an estate sale, but instead, they allege he wrote them bad checks and stole property from their homes.

The High Point Police Department charged Cassell with larceny after the Holland family’s stained glass was found in a booth Cassell rents at a local antique mall. It’s a family heirloom that went missing from their home after they hired Cassell. It was the same situation with the Graham family in Randolph County. They found their missing lamp for sale in Cassell’s booth. The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office charged Cassell with a felony count of attempting to obtain property by false pretense and larceny.

But one family who hired Cassell is owed much more. The Brinkley family in Jamestown says Cassell hasn’t paid them the proceeds from their estate sale. They say Cassell owes them at least $10,000. The Guilford County Sheriff’s Office charged Cassell with a second felony count of obtaining property by false pretense. They charged him with a first felony count after he wrote a bad check to a client for more than $6,000. Cassell has now paid that client.

When FOX8 tracked down Cassell last month, he told us this was all an accounting error.

He is now scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 8, 12 and 15 for these charges.

If you are hiring an estate sale planner, make sure the company offers a contract detailing the commission fee and when you will be paid. That is typically within five business days. Also, be sure a complete inventory of the items sold at the sale will be provided.