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The home on Shady Grove Road is worth $3 million. The home on Shady Grove Road is worth $3 million.
Gentry  was driving a white Jaguar when she was taken into custody. Gentry was driving a white Jaguar when she was taken into custody.
Sheriff's deputies sawed off the chain on the gate after Gentry was in custody. They then swept the house and found no one else inside. Sheriff's deputies sawed off the chain on the gate after Gentry was in custody. They then swept the house and found no one else inside.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - A squatter is now locked up on a $2 million bond after what many consider a weeklong "joyride" in a $3 million mansion.

Thursday night, Tabitha Gentry, the self-proclaimed moor American National also known as Abka Re Bey, was pulled over in a white Jaguar. She is charged with theft of property over $60,000, and accused of stealing the property.

Sheriff's deputies sawed off the chain on the gate after Gentry was in custody. They then swept the house and found no one else inside.

Gentry has 6 children. The oldest is almost 16 years old. The teenager sent picture messages to her aunt from inside the house that showed no furniture and an empty refrigerator.

The aunt contacted attorney Kenneth Besser.

"My client's niece is the oldest daughter of Gentry," said Besser. "She wanted her niece out of there before the police had to take any action to take back the house."

Besser said Gentry's four youngest were with their father. However, she took her two oldest out to have their nails done Thursday afternoon.

"We were attempting to set up a meeting so that my client could get her niece, either at a dinner or over at the nail studio. That didn't happen," said Besser.

Besser got a juvenile court judge to sign a child protective custody order. In turn, they also facilitated an arrest warrant for Gentry and a search warrant for the house that is still legally owned by Renasant Bank.

"We're just glad this is over and that nothing bad happened," said Renasant Bank Director of External Affairs John Oxford.

Bank officials declined to comment on case-specific issues, but said they were caught off guard by the squatters.

"This was a new experience for Renasant, one we hope will not repeat itself," said Oxford.

Besser said the children are safe and sound, but acknowledges a likely adjustment period after a change in environment.

"So naturally she's going to have some emotional output from that. We're hoping to get her into some counseling and get her back re-acclimated to a different set of lifestyles," said Besser.

While the shock never wears off, neighbors, like David Buring, hope some semblance of normalcy returns soon. Buring's house that is now guarded by private security around the clock, because of his temporary neighbor.

"Most all of us work hard to pay our taxes. We pay whatever we pay. That's why we get to do what we do. To be able to freeload doesn't really fly with me. I don't have that privilege." said Buring.

Burning said he is relived that the situation is over.

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