Police have arrested three people, including a husband and wife, for their alleged involvement in a renovation theft scheme in Laurel County.
Sheriff's deputies tell me that Melissa Hill of Leslie County got together with Anthony Ayers and Linda Sizemore of Perry County to renovate her Laurel County trailer. Deputies said there was a problem: they did it all illegally.
“They were re doing the whole inside of this trailer, the floors, the walls, redecorating with stolen property,” said Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy Gilbert Acciardo.
Deputies said Melissa Hill went to several Laurel County businesses to restore and furnish her home on Keve Road. But first, she got some help.
“The lady was picking out items that she wanted from the businesses, then they would drop her off and the two people would go back to the businesses and using a cold check they would purchase the items and take them to her,” said Acciardo.
Acciardo said Hill planned on paying for the items, sort of.
“We were told that they were going to receive cash maybe upwards of fifty percent of what the item was worth,” said Acciardo.
“They were taking lumber, furniture, carpet, carpet padding, we had several other items, a washer, dryer and refrigerator that we suspect were stolen.”
Anthony Ayers and his wife Linda Sizemore allegedly stole $50,000 worth of items to bring to Hill. Investigators said that all three people were in on it, but they are not quite sure how it all began.
Hill was charged with receiving stolen property and was released from jail. Police said Ayers and Sizemore will spend more time behind bars. Ayers had 2 dozen outstanding bench warrants for cold checks in three counties.
“Twenty four bench warrants, that's got to be a record, I don't remember that many on one individual in recent years,” said Acciardo.
Acciardo said Sizemore had three outstanding bench warrants for her arrest as well.
Sizemore and Ayers declined the request for a jail house interview. They have both been charged with theft by deception, forgery and writing cold checks under $10,000.
All of the property that was identified as stolen has been returned to the businesses but police said they believe there are more victims out there.