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Realtor Who Allegedly Dumped Dead Animals in Neighbor's Driveway Fired

Andrea Straub's attorney says she was the victim of 'sensational reporting.'

The Haverford-based realtor who, along with her husband, allegedly dumped dead animals in her neighbor's Booth Lane driveway was fired from her job at Prudential Fox and Roach last week, according to the couple's attorney.

Andrea Straub, 34, was let go on Wednesday for what defamation lawyer George Bochetto called "negative publicity" stemming from "sensational reporting" of the incident.

"Prudential Fox Roach's unfortunate termination of Andrea Straub today was precipitated entirely by CBS 3 Eyewitness News' instantaneous villification of the Straubs in their ratings-driven rush to break a story," Bochetto said in a release.

Bochetto didn't indicate what aspects of the report he and his clients are disputing, but announced he  would "lay it all out" at a press conference on Tuesday.

Lower Merion Police say they have video of the couple throwing snakes and dead mice in their next-door-neighbor's driveway, plus additional tape of the Straubs knocking over "for sale" signs and cutting branches off trees on the property. 

The couple was cited for disorderly conduct on June 20, at which point police say they admitted to the vandalism. While the motive for the crime isn't clear, police say the victim's home is for sale, as is the Straubs'.

Multiple media outlets, including Patch, picked the story up, but the Straubs' attorney maintains these reports are rife with misinformation. 

"The Straubs are victims of horrible falsities and we will prove it in the court of law," said Bochetto in a release.

Lori Israeli July 08, 2013 at 06:20 AM
I think the video on CBS-3 has been taken down. I couldn't find it. So I guess the objective of the lawsuit has been served. She was fired because of the media and it had nothing to do with their actions on the surveillance video or the disorderly conduct charge, which occurred after she allegedly engaged in unethical behavior directly related to her employment? Sure. I think, instead of a press conference, they should lay low for a while, do something else and then come back quietly, maybe with a changed name. A press conference is kind of inviting the story to repeated over and over again. No one feels sorry for these two.
Taylor July 08, 2013 at 07:23 AM
The evidence in my view is clear. Andrea & Jonathan got carried away. They just thought they were better than everyone else. Time and events are a great equalizer
ann July 08, 2013 at 09:54 AM
good. unprofessional, cruel, un-neighborly, and not over-bright.
jane carton July 08, 2013 at 10:06 AM
Hoorah for PruFox! They have acted in a responsible manner and deserve credit for no longer letting this despicable woman represent their business.
CDD July 08, 2013 at 11:07 AM
The right outcome for very unprofessional and unrighteous conduct. If the LM police have video of this couple's actions and they admitted to it, then where's the injustice toward this woman? Makes me wonder if they did this to the neighboring "For Sale' homes of some of their previous clients in order to get buyers to bid on their listings rather than those of other nearby R.E. firms.
Bob Girondi July 08, 2013 at 01:46 PM
DENY is getting to be the worst four-letter word in today's language! It's a lawyer's dream and an expensive nightmare for everyone else.
Taylor July 08, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Andrea & Joanthan should have thought about that before they had this transgression.

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