Mickey Prindle of Payson found out the hard way Saturday that the old adage "buyer beware" also applies to the seller.
While Prindle and her husband were holding a yard sale at their home on West Glade Lane, they became victims of a nimble-fingered thief posing as a buyer.
"I did the ultimate dumb thing," Prindle said. "I let someone in to use our bathroom."
The woman, described as 25 to 30 years old, used the Prindles' bathroom to try on some clothing, and walked out with a bag full of Prindle's prized collectibles.
"I walked her back to my bathroom," she said. "By the time I got back to the garage again ... there was a couple there that said they wouldn't have let her in their house because they saw her trying to break into a house at the south end of town where they live."
Prindle said she immediately walked back to the bathroom and arrived just as the young woman was leaving. By the time she found the missing items from her bathroom, the woman was gone.
"She ripped off about a five- or six-inch bottle of White Diamonds (perfume) by Liz Taylor, which was like $50 or $60 for one bottle," she said.
Other missing items included a small bottle of Christian Dior cologne, a bottle of Vanderbilt cologne, a decorative candle, and various collectible cobalt blue jars and assorted figurines. The value of the items stolen mostly sentimental memorabilia is estimated at $210.
"Some of these things were from Dr. Morse's wife who's dead now," she said. "She was like my adopted mother and they had given me these things as keepsakes. The most frustrating thing about this is that we never do anything like this. We've always been so alert to this kind of stuff."
Prindle immediately called the police and filed a report. She described the young woman as about 5 feet, 5 inches tall, about 130 pounds, with long brown hair. She was seen driving away in a tan or cream colored American sedan.
"I wish I would have gotten the name of the couple who warned me about her," Prindle said Monday. "They knew who she was."
"This kind of thing happens from time to time," Payson Police Lt. Don Engler said. "This just serves as a reminder to be alert, and don't let anyone in your house that you're not sure about."
Anyone with information about a woman matching the description can call the Payson Police Department at 474-5177.