Lantana Police: House workers robbed, pawned items from elderly couple

Lantana Police arrested two men Thursday

Christopher Barry

Christopher Barry

after an old couple claimed they broke in, stole, and pawned items from their house while hired to work on their property.

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Christopher Barry, 24, and Travis Edwards, 23, were hired by a Lantana couple to “do various handyman services at their home,” located on Southeast Atlantic Drive, according to the arrest report. Police were informed that Barry attempted to cash a check , worth $850, from the couple’s checkbook that went missing.

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The couple told police that their sterling silverware, two Louis Vuitton purses, a Louis Vuitton computer case, a gold watch and $1,500 cash were also missing from the house, the police report states.

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Barry and Edwards did not have permission to enter the house without their permission, the couple said to police.

When officers questioned the two suspects, Edwards admitted to stealing the couple’s items. Edwards told police he sold the stolen silverware to a jewelry store in Greenacres for $130, and pawned the Louis Vuitton merchandise for $80.

Barry also admitted to forging the check, which he said he found on the floor of their garage.

Edwards faces charges of burglary, grand theft, and dealing in stolen property. Barry was charged with forgery, grand theft and robbery.

Travis Edwards

Travis Edwards

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