BOCA RATON -- Infamous squatter Andre Barbosa has been evicted from a Boca Raton mansion, police said.
Bank of America retook possession of a $2.5 million home where the 23-year-old Brazilian national had been staying since December.
Bank representatives, with the assistance of police, cleared out the foreclosed home at 580 Gold Harbor Dr. at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
There was no one inside and the home’s locks were changed, said Officer Sandra Boonenberg, spokeswoman for Boca police.
Barbosa, also known as Lokiboy954, had been occupying the home since filing an “adverse possession” claim in December.
Adverse possession was created hundreds of years ago when hand-scrawled property records could more easily be lost, damaged or muddled. Allowing for adverse possession kept land in productive use when ownership was unclear, or, for example, the owner died with no heirs.
If the person claiming adverse possession stays in the home for seven years, paying taxes and caring for the property, they can take permanent ownership.
Barbosa is not facing any charges at this point and police are not actively searching for him, Boonenberg said.
Bank of America issued a statement regarding Thursday’s action.
“We appreciate the assistance of local authorities and the patience of neighbors as we worked to have the trespassers removed.
“We take trespassing seriously and, in the interest of the community, we will take appropriate legal action to protect this and all properties we service.”