Police: Woman uses pregnancy as burglary ruse

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Updated: 6/19/2013 10:28 pm Published: 6/19/2013 9:33 pm


Accused con artists police say were canvassing neighborhoods together are in jail on hundreds of thousands dollars worth of bond.

"She said she was pregnant and you want to help somebody," said Brenda.

She was attacked by the women and doesn't want to disclose her full identity.

FOX23 News has learned suspects Christina Dine, 28, and Codie Keppel, 24, were arrested on several counts of burglary, stolen property and assault with a car.

Around 8:30 a.m., Brenda and her husband say they saw Dine on their front porch.

"She needed to use our phone and call the police because she was afraid her boyfriend was going to hurt her and she was pregnant," said Brenda.

They invited her into the home and watched her call police. However, when they probed her story, they grew suspicious and nothing added up.

Two hours later, when Brenda was on the phone with police to confirm the woman's story, she saw her on the front porch again and they asked what she needed, "'I just wanted to thank you for letting me use your phone,'" said Brenda.

Brenda asked if she still needed help.

"I said, ' I'm on the phone with police right now would you like to talk to them?' Oh no she has to go downtown to file a restraining order," said Brenda.

Dispatch told Brenda to stall her until police got there.

"She was having none of that no matter what it took," said Brenda.

The scene escalated into danger.

"The driver puts the car in reverse to run into my husband," said Brenda.

They were trying to get the tag number on the getaway car.

"She puts it into drive and then she hits me with her car and sends me about 10 feet into the street," said Brenda.

Police say the suspected driver was Keppel. Neighbors then chased after the women but eventually stopped when they saw the woman throwing evidence out the window.

"They threw a purse out, they are throwing boxes," said Brenda.

They found stolen items belonging to another victim who had no idea her purse or medications were stolen. She was sleeping when the suspected women broke into her home.

Police also found the black box with Brenda's keys in it that was kept on the shelf by the door.

"While she was in our house we watched her like a hawk," said Brenda.

After piecing together the day, Brenda realizes the moment Dine allegedly stole the keys.

"I'm making coffee and tea and hear the front door open," said Brenda.

She thought it was her husband coming home from work but when he didn't show up until a half hour after hearing the door, she thought it was the wind. Now she believes it was one of the  women stealing her keys so they could come back and steal more from their home or car.

"You can't just trust everybody anymore," said Brenda.

She says since this incident she and her neighbors are much closer and have exchanged contact information and watch out for each other.

Dine is being held on $88,000 bond and Keppel is being held on $34,000 bond for several burglary, stolen property and assault with a car charges.

Court records also show the women stole from cars in their apartment parking lot near 31st and Riverside.

Police believe there is another woman currently working neighborhoods.

A woman in her 60s has been spotted driving a beat up brown pickup and if you don't answer the door she'll walk into your home and steal. She has been seen carrying a clipboard to act as if she is doing business in the neighborhood.

Court records show Dine pleaded not guilty and Keppel has not made a plea. Preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 11th.

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Mayor Maynot - 6/20/2013 3:21 AM
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They probably won't be able to put them away for a long enough time b
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