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Couple Accused Of Breaking Into Multiple Apartments Arrested

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Detectives say a couple who allegedly broke into a number of homes in Perry Township has been arrested with the help of another couple.

Perry Township residents Laurie and Angela McNally said they knew something was not right when Tonya R. Harris knocked on their door pretending to look for someone.

"She kind of stuck her head in the door a little bit and I could tell she really wanted to see what was inside my home. So that just made me suspicious right off the bat," said Laurie.

So Laurie and Angela took pictures of the truck Harris hopped in and kept a watchful eye as she and a man backed into a parking space. The McNallys said they had never seen the truck before so they took a picture of the license plate and the side of the truck.

"[I was] born in New York City and my instincts are pretty good when it comes to something not just being right," said Laurie.

She said the suspects both had hoods on and she watched them load a big screen television into the truck. That's when the McNallys called police to report their suspicions.

Perry Township detective Mike Mauger says he had almost 20 pages of pawn shop activity between Harris and the second suspect, identified as Harris' boyfriend, Jason Skaggs.

From Olympic coins, to a championship ring, police found hundreds of stolen items when the pair was arrested.

The arrest was made possible with the help of the McNallys' phone call.

"Basically two civilian witnesses, who stepped up and did a great job that day; that's what really turned the whole case," said Mauger.

Investigators believe the couple was able to get into the homes by stealing spare keys from the apartment complexes.

Perry Township police detectives say they are working on returning some of the stolen items to the rightful owners.

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