Police told the family it would be near impossible to find out who was the first person to break into the house and even then they could argue they thought everything was being given away because of the way the ad was worded.
The Craigslist ad said: 'Fairly large, free yard sale. Moving and we want everything to go for free. So come over and take whatever you want and how much you want. Here are a couple of items that will be there: Couch, chairs, lots of household and kitchen items, appliances, a wardrobe, desk, recliner, movies, lots of books, lamps, women's and teens' clothing, etc. And also a box of free food with lots of cans. Please take only if you need it. We're starting at 10am, October 24th, and we'll finish when everything's gone.'

The Vercher family, from Woodstock, Georgia, lost their home of 20 years to foreclosure. Days before moving out, they placed a Craigslist ad for a giveaway to take place in the driveway of their small home to begin at 10am on Wednesday.
But big crowds showed up before the allotted time when there was no one home to supervise and the friendly giveaway turned into a free-for-all after their house was broken into.
As well as the items which were clearly marked 'free' on the lawn, the crowds took the family keepsakes, clothes, shoes, books and mostly everything else in the house.