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‘Open house bandits’ arrested in Missouri

Couple allegedly involved in cross-country theft spree

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Police in Berkeley, Calif., reported today that a couple has been arrested as suspects in a cross-country theft spree that targeted real estate agents, their offices, and open houses. Paul McClung, 30, and Carol Ann Chapman, 59, were arrested in Missouri, police reported today. The duo, dubbed "Open House Bandits" by a television news station, allegedly told real estate agents that they were mother and son and that they sought to pay cash for homes. Berkeley Police Lt. Wes Hester confirmed the couple's arrest. Berkeley Police reported last week that the woman would distract the real estate agent while the man allegedly would "prowl the home or office for purses and wallets to steal." The pair allegedly used stolen identification and credit cards "to commit additional fraud and theft," and rented vehicles that they did not return, according to the police announcement, and the man reportedly had used a stolen badge to impersonate a police officer. While the couple had been active in seve...