Two thieves claiming to be IRS agents stole property from a North Carolina home and then encouraged the neighbors to rip off the house too.

This interesting tidbit came from the Statesville Record & Landmark over the weekend, and quite a prank it must have been. The IRS impersonators made off with a weed trimmer, chain saw, jewelry and a utility trailer. Some of the neighbors carted away furniture, food and other items from the home before police arrived at the scene and made them return the loot.

The supposed agents had told the neighbors it was OK to take what they wanted from the house because the IRS was seizing it. The home reportedly had been unoccupied for some time, but there was still food and other property inside. At least the neighbors helped clean out the fridge. The suspects are still on the loose.