MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - She told ABC 24 she would deal with the cops, instead they dealt with her. The Shady Grove squatter is out of that $3 million mansion and in jail with a $2 million bond.
Shelby County Sheriff's deputies arrested Tabitha Gentry around 11:30 Thursday night after they pulled her white Jaguar over not far from the mansion. Neighbors are breathing a collective sigh of relief now that the sovereign squatter is in jail.
Overnight, sparks were flying in the swanky east Memphis neighborhood, and those sparks were what neighbors have been wanting for more than a week.
Tabitha Gentry, who goes by Abka Re Bey, was arrested just hours after ABC 24 confronted her about staying on the property illegally. The Shelby County Sheriff's SWAT Team gave her a new free place to stay - Jail East. She's now locked up for aggravated robbery, theft of property and criminal trespassing.
Deputies took a chainsaw to the heavy chain and lock she had wrapped around the fence. On Friday, her private property signs were down and a security guard sat in the driveway, only letting bank employees and contractors in to clean up the mansion.
"I think they did a fabulous job, they didn't put anybody at risk they handled it in a professional way and I'm grateful for that," said neighbor June Baber.
Neighbors are talkative now that the squatter is out, but Gentry's family wouldn't even open the door.
"I don't know nothing about what's going on and I don't want to know," they yelled.
Nobody would comment on how much clean up is required inside the mansion, although crews were seen with several cans of paint.
Gentry's 15-year-old daughter, who was with her during the arrest, is with family. Her 13-year-old daughter is in DCS custody.