This is only a weird hypothetical scenario and is not something I actually plan on doing.
Suppose there's someone in my town that I really don't like, for whatever reason. I might not even know them, they might not even know me. I know exactly where they live but I don't want to actually hurt them, just annoy them.
So let's say I put up a bunch of fliers (on telephone poles, bulletin boards, etc.) advertising a yard sale at this person's house a week from now. Of course they're not really going to be holding one, but that's immaterial. Assuming the following, what would I be charged with once the police find out?
- This person is out of town and won't be home until the day after the "yard sale", so they won't physically notice the fake yard sale posters until it's too late.
- This person was not planning on holding a yard sale that day.
- This person lives alone, or the people they live with are also out of town (e.g. a family vacation).
- It is possible that someone told this person via social media about my little plot while they're away, but not in a way that interferes with these other assumptions (e.g. calling the police before the day of the "sale").
- I don't actually set foot on, steal, vandalize, or otherwise disturb this person's property.
- At least one would-be customer actually does show up, but I don't know how long they were there for or what they did there. They might have even done something illegal like steal their porch furniture, but I just don't know for sure.
- I don't take down the fliers after the day of the "sale".
- The fliers themselves are simple and contain no inflammatory content, but they do explicitly advertise a yard sale at a particular place and time.