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New Clue in Real Estate Bandit Case

DELHI TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Brad Underwood) -- A northern Kentucky couple is behind bars accused of lifting jewelry from homes with a realtor was showing them the houses.

Police say the couple struck about a hundred homes using the jewelry they allegedly stole to fuel their drug habits.  The pair was arrested last week after admitting the scam to police.

While police say most of the items have been sold and melted, Thursday night they have photos of items that are unclaimed.

The jewelry was recovered after police say Joshua Petroze and his girlfriend Kristin Manning admitted to stealing it.  The two went to homes for sale in the tri-state area claiming to be interested in buying a house using the fake names, Ben and Katie.  Police say their only interest was to steal jewelry so they could sell it and buy drugs.

The couple pawned most of the stolen goods but Delhi Police have some items they want to return to the rightful owners.  The pieces were found at a Delhi pawn shop. 

Police say some of the victims may not even know their jewels are missing.  The crime seems like something straight out of a movie and police say it's something they don't typically see. 

The estimated retail value of the stolen items is between 60 and 80 thousand dollars.

The thefts took place in Butler, Hamilton and Clermont County on the Ohio side and as far south as Lexington, Kentucky.  The couple was arrested in Kentucky but will be transported to Hamilton County on Friday.

If your house has recently been shown police ask that you check you jewelry boxes to see if anything is missing.  If you believe some of the recovered stolen items are yours call your local police department.




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