House-sitters accused of stealing jewelry from friends' homesPosted: Updated:
RED LAKE, Ariz. (AP) -- Authorities say a northern Arizona couple has been arrested for allegedly stealing jewelry from friends' homes and selling them.
Coconino County Sheriff's officials said Monday that 58-year-old Steven Melvin and his 50-year-old wife Kathryn were taken into custody after deputies served a search warrant at their home in Red Lake.
They say the couple allegedly stole items while house-sitting for other residents of the Red Lake area.
In July of 2012 the victim and her husband returned home, after being on vacation, while the two suspects watched their home. Kathryn Melvin went to the victim's residence upon their return and the female victim noticed that Kathryn was wearing a piece of costume jewelry that belonged to her.
The victims conducted an inventory of their home and found that numerous pieces of jewelry and other collectible items were missing.
According to the victims, Steven Melvin later returned fives watches that belonged to them but didn't say how he got them items.
Authorities say Steven Melvin allegedly pawned two stolen items at an area pawn shop.
Detectives contacted employees of the pawn shop and learned that Steven Melvin had pawned a gold bracelet with inset diamonds and sapphires and a gold pendant with a custom inscription of the name, "Rose", on it.
The description of the bracelet pawned by Steven was very similar to the description of a bracelet that was taken from the first victim's home.
The Detectives researched the first name of "Rose" and eventually contacted a woman who also lived in the Red Lake area.
According to the second victim the description of the pendant that was pawned matched a pendant that she was in possession of that was passed down to her by her grandmother with first name of Rose.
The second victim confirmed that Steven and Kathryn Melvin had also house sat for her.
The Detectives viewed a surveillance video from the pawn shop and were able to confirm that the person who pawned the above two items was Steven Melvin.
Eventually Detectives contacted a third victim who also lived in the Red lake area and who had also allowed the Melvin's to house sit for her.
They say Steven is being held on felony trafficking in stolen property and misdemeanor theft while Kathryn Melvin is being held on felony theft and felony drug possession.
Individuals who live in the Red lake area and who may have had the Melvin's house sit for them are asked to contact Coconino County Sheriff's Detective Mark Pierz at (928) 226-5039.