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FORT WRIGHT, KY (FOX19) -
Authorities have arrested a Northern Kentucky
couple accusing them of posing as prospective homebuyers to steal from homes
that were for sale.
Police arrested Kristin Manning, 28, of Crescent Springs and 33-year-old Joshua Petroze of Villa Hills last
Friday. Both were charged with one count each of burglary and theft.
Police said Manning and Petroze made arrangements with a real estate agent to
tour a Fort Wright home that's for sale. They identified themselves as Ben and
Katie White of Louisville. They were shown the house on Dec. 10.
documents say the couple used their 1-year-old child as a distraction, split up
and stole jewelry from the homeowner's bedroom. The jewelry was valued at
$4,500 to $5,000.
Fort Wright Police interviewed Manning and Petroze. Police said during the
interviews, both admitted touring numerous homes in Ohio and Kentucky and
stealing jewelry from at least 20 homes. The homes were located in Fort Wright,
Fort Mitchell, Lexington, Blue Ash, Delhi Township, Anderson Township, Miami
Township and Butler County.
Delhi Township homeowners noticed jewelry missing
from their homes after Nov. 5 showings.
Any realtor who may have shown a home to the
individuals matching the description of "Ben" and "Katie"
are asked to contact Delhi Township Police at 513-922-0060.
Individuals who had their home shown recently
by a realtor and experienced theft are also asked to call Delhi Police.
Manning are scheduled to appear at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Kenton County District
This is not
the first time authorities have investigated the couple.
a separate pending case in Kenton County pertaining to her employment at Redwood
School and Rehabilitation Center in Fort Mitchell. She's charged with one count
A Fort Mitchell resident told the school's
director that someone wearing a Redwood shirt was going door-to-door soliciting
money for the school. Another resident, who gave $50, identified Manning as the
solicitor while at the school, court documents say.
admitted soliciting eight personal checks totaling $145. Manning said she
collected $135 in cash which she used to feed her child. The offense occurred
from Sept. 7-11 in Kenton County.
Petroze have prior criminal records. The cases include:
convicted of operating a motor vehicle under the influence and theft in
Jefferson County, Ky.
convicted of receiving stolen property in Kenton County and using/possessing drug
paraphernalia in Boone County.