Newspaper Settles With Woman Who Got Robbed After Error in Ad

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A newspaper has settled a complaint with a woman who came home to find her belongings being taken away because her address was mistakenly listed in a legal ad.

Readers of The Lawrence Journal-World were warned that items left in an apartment at 1319 Tennessee St. would be thrown out if they went unclaimed. The address, however, was supposed to be 1339 Tennessee St.

Kris Bryan, 22, returned home to find several people loading her belongings into their vehicle last month.

“I was freaking out,” Bryan told Kansas City, Mo., television station KMBC. “I told them, ‘That’s my apartment. There’s been some mistake.'”

Police Sgt. Dan Ward said Bryan confronted the people and they showed her the Journal-World ad.

Those people returned the items they had taken, but others had already made off with an estimated $3,300 worth of possessions — everything from a TV and a DVD player to video games and Bryan’s 7-week-old kitten.

Police are still trying to find those items, and despite the ad’s confusion, those who took them could face charges.

The Journal-World’s chief operating officer, Ralph Gage, said the matter has been settled though he would not elaborate on the terms.

“We made a mistake in a legal ad,” he said. “It’s totally settled to the satisfaction of all parties.”

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