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House hunting thieves

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Angela Holbrook and her husband are newlyweds. They put her house on the market three weeks ago to buy a bigger home. But they are nervous about strangers walking through their home. Especially since the recent news of a man and woman out of northern Kentucky being arrested for stealing from homes during showings. Police say most of the thefts happened in northern Kentucky and Ohio. But their last spree, police say, was in Lexington.

"It's just really sad it's come to this where you have to lock up everything you own and worry about somebody coming in and taking what they want, Holbrook said."
They've done the best they can to store valuables. But with a small home, and complete strangers trying to examine every inch to see it's they are a fit, there's only so many places to hide things.
"You just don't know when someone can just open a closet door and take what they want," Holbrook said.

Trey McCallie with Keller Williams bluegrass realty--he's been a realtor for a decade.

"I've been into houses where there are guns sitting around," said Trey McCallie with Keller Williams Bluegrass Realty. He took us on a tour of large Nicholasville home looking for new owners.
"If I'm downstairs in the kitchen and somebody goes upstairs and starts rummaging through your bedrooms, I don't know about it. So usually we station people different places in the house especially if it's a large home."

Police in Ohio say that's what Joshua Petroze and Kristin Manning were doing. They'd separate and distract the realtor.
"If we don't know the person coming to see the house we have them come to the office and make photocopies of their license," McCallie said.

He said the seller should lock up or store anything of value. Also, lock windows just in case the buyer is casing the house and looking to come back later.

"I would say most of the people that are out looking are legitimately looking at houses and you just have to be sensible about it and take precautions to protect your property," McCallie said.


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