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Sewer inspector caught looking through home seller's pills

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BEAVERTON, OR (KPTV) -

A local woman says she caught a sewer inspector looking through some medications in her kitchen instead of inspecting pipes in her Beaverton home.

Jan Smith's home has been on the market for about two months.

Some potential buyers recently asked their real estate agency to have a sewer inspection done on her home, Smith said. The inspection took place last Friday.

Smith said she was told the inspection would only take about 20-30 minutes. So she decided to leave just like the real estate agent had asked her to do, she said.

"Maybe 20 minutes or so later was when I checked my camera, checked my phone," Smith said.

Smith had set up a camera in her livingroom to keep an eye on any real estate agents, inspectors or potential buyers that were coming inside her home while it was up for sale. She can access the surveillance video from her phone.

When she checked her phone last Friday to see if the sewer inspection was over, she noticed the inspector opening up a cupboard next to her refrigerator, she said. The cupboard is where she keeps old medicine bottles.

"I saw him shaking bottles," Smith said. "And removing the Tupperware container from the shelf that contains all the bottles, and that's when I knew. So I immediately hit record on my phone."

Smith said her surveillance video shows Gary Hill of Gary Hill Sewer Inspections rummaging through her kitchen cupboard twice within a few minutes.

She rushed home after calling the real estate agency and confronted Hill as she pulled into the driveway, she said. 

"He denied it at first. And then I said, 'I got you on video'," Smith said. "And he said 'Well, OK. ... I'll be honest with you. I just wanted to see how the other half lives. I'm never going to live in a house this nice.'"

The real estate agency said it had provided the potential buyer of Smith's home with a list of inspectors in several different trades and encouraged them to call around. The agency had never had any problems or complaints about Hill before, a spokesman said. But after employees heard about what happened to Smith, the agency immediately cut ties with Hill, the spokesman added. 

"It's just made me very, very cautious. I was already a cautious person anyway, but now even more so," Smith said.

Smith did report what happened to Beaverton police, but the agency couldn't do much since she couldn't actually prove that Hill took anything, a police spokesman said.

Hill could not be reached for comment about what happened.

Hill could be arrested for trespassing if he returns to Smith's home, a police spokesman said. Right now, he's not facing any charges.  

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