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Mansion 'squatter' arrested, bond set at $2 million

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SCSO spokesperson Chip Washington informs the media of the arrest. SCSO spokesperson Chip Washington informs the media of the arrest.
The home on Shady Grove Road is worth $3 million. The home on Shady Grove Road is worth $3 million.
Abka Re Bey was driving a white Jaguar when she was taken into custody. Abka Re Bey was driving a white Jaguar when she was taken into custody.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - The self-proclaimed sovereign citizen, who reportedly settled her family into a foreclosed home in a high-end Memphis neighborhood, is behind bars.

Abka Re Bey, who the affidavit lists as Tabitha Gentry, has been charged with aggravated burglary, theft of property over $60,000.00, and criminal trespass.

Her bond is set at $2 million, and she is set to face a judge Monday, March 11.

According to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Gentry was driving a white Jaguar when she was taken into custody Friday just before 1 a.m. 

Gentry is reportedly living in the $3 million home on Shady Grove Road claiming that the bank cannot own the property and that her indigenous ancestry grants her the deed.

Her 13-year-old daughter was with her at the time of the arrest and was also taken into custody.

Just after 1 a.m., SWAT team members cut the chains on the gate and gained entry to the mansion.  Search dogs were also on the property.

Photos of the home's interior depict a lavish 10,000 square foot spread with five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a media room, and a pool. The house sits on three acres.

This is not Gentry's first arrest.

She was arrested in October, accused of assaulting two police officers.

The charges were not prosecuted. The addresses listed on her arrest records all lead to places she no longer lives.

A resident on the 3000 block of Cromwell Avenue said she previously moved into a home in that neighborhood, claimed the house as her own, racked up a $4,000 utility bill, and squatted for about 18 months before being evicted.

We will continue to follow this story throughout the day. Stay with WMCTV.COM for the latest developments and tune into Action News 5 for the latest in a live report.

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