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Couple Charged in Tri-State Realtor Scam
DELHI TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Derek Drake) -- Police from Ohio and Kentucky have honed in on a couple suspected of a number of burglaries in what they're calling a wide-spread realtor scam.
The suspects, Joshua Petroze, 33, and Kristin Manning, 28, both from Villa Hills, Ky., are suspected of using realtors to tour homes for sale around the Tri-State area. While touring the homes, the duo reportedly stole a number of valuable items from the homeowners, unbeknownst to the realtors whom they were accompanied by. The couple was also reportedly accompanied by a small child during their tours.
Investigators say they gave the realtor(s) fals names of "Ben" and "Katie" and carried out their scam in Blue Ash, Montgomery, Hyde Park, Miami Twp. (Clermont County), Fairfield Twp. (Butler County), Anderson Twp., Symmes Twp., and Loveland in Ohio. In Kentucky, the duo is suspected of committing the scam in Ft. Wright, Ft. Mitchell, Edgewood and Lexington.
The duo was arrested and interviewed by police in Villa Hills, Ky. on December 20, 2013, and are currently behind bars at the Kenton County Jail. Police from the other jurisdictions across the Tri-State, where the pair is suspected for similar crimes, have also placed holders on them so they can be extradited back to Ohio to face charges as well.
Investigators are asking that any realtor who may have shown a home to the individuals (pictured below) matching the description of "Ben" and "Katie" to contact the Delhi Township Police at (513) 922-0060. Police also ask that any homeowner who recently had their home shown by a realtor and experienced a theft to also contact Delhi Township Police.