|Shoppers checking out the merchandise at 4508 Braddock Road.|
After going away for a few months, the infamous Braddock Road yard sales are back. Yesterday morning, Michael Suggs and several of his assistants were selling washing machines, rugs, furniture, boom boxes, and other merchandise on the front yard of 4508 Braddock Road.
There have been numerous complaints reported to the Fairfax County police and code inspectors over the past couple of years by Parklawn residents who charge that the frequent, commercial sales depress property values and create an unpleasant atmosphere in their neighborhood, while increased traffic is a safety concern.
|Michael Suggs is on the right.|
In the past, Suggs has held several yard sales at 4508 Braddock Road and the house next door, 4500 Braddock where he said he lives, as well as at several other houses on Braddock, Columbia Pike, and other nearby streets. The owner of 4508 Braddock, Ibrahim Abdullah, was arrested for bribery in 2011 for allegedly trying to pay off an inspector in connection with code violations on properties he owns in Arlington. He was also arrested earlier this month for stealing a credit card at a Panera in Tysons.
When asked where he’s been all winter, Suggs said he was in the Philippines where he bought two hog farms and asked us if we wanted to buy a pig. He said he’s back in the yard sale business, because “people begged me to come back.” He said the sectional sofa on the lawn was from his own home. He said he paid $3,000 for it and is selling it for $300.
For background on the yard sales, see the following blog posts: