Two N. Ky. men confess to burglarizing so many houses that they lost count

INDEPENDENCE, Ky. – Two men told police they burglarized so many Northern Kentucky residences they could not remember which homes they broke into after they were arrested Saturday morning by the Kenton County Police Department.

John Kelly and Stuart McCarthy were both charged with 11 counts of burglary and 11 counts of criminal mischief in Kenton County.  The two were apprehended after detectives located their vehicle seen at various vacant homes burglarized in October.

A string of 16 burglaries that occurred in Kenton County throughout October led Kenton County police to issue a warning to residents on Friday.

"People may think these are vacant homes, and there really isn't a victim. There is, and there is a really big impact to a lot of people. This guy is buying his first house and what should be a good experience turned into something pretty disappointing for him," Det. Andrew Schierberg said.

Read the earlier story here: Police see spike in burglaries of Northern Kentucky homes

Kelly and McCarthy are accused of stealing copper pipe, appliances or any metal they could get.

During the initial interview after their arrest Kelly and McCarthy told police they stole from so many Northern Kentucky homes they could not remember all the burglaries they were responsible for, police report.

The men’s vehicle was also tied to the break-ins of vacant houses in both Boone and Campbell counties. In addition, the pair is suspected of stealing from homes in Grant and Pendleton counties.

Both were being held at the Kenton County Detention Center waiting arraignment. Kenton County police also indicated more charges in other counties would follow.

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