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Arrest reports detail thefts at day cares, school and church

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Tamera Jenkins (Source: LMDC) Tamera Jenkins (Source: LMDC)
Duane Acklin (Source: LMDC) Duane Acklin (Source: LMDC)
Jenkins and Acklin both plead not guilty to charges against them on Tuesday. Jenkins and Acklin both plead not guilty to charges against them on Tuesday.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Two people accused of stealing purses and wallets from day cares, a children's consignment shop and a church surrendered to authorities on Monday.

According to police, in most of the crimes, Tamera Jenkins, 28, and Duane Acklin, 45, pretended to be parents looking at potential day cares. While touring the facilities, the two stole employees' wallets and purses, investigators said.

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Here is a breakdown of the crimes they're accused of committing:

  • January 3, 2014: Police say Jenkins and Acklin entered Adventures in Learning in New Albany and stole an employee's wallet from her purse after inquiring about child care.

    The victim reported to police that her credit cards had been used to make fraudulent purchases totaling $1,137 at Kroger, Macy's, Thorntons and McDonald's. Macy's provided video surveillance of the couple attempting to use a stolen credit card to make purchases, according to their arrest reports.

    Jenkins and Acklin are charged with felony fraudulent use of a credit card in this case.
  • January 3, 2014: Police say Jenkins and Acklin entered Kid's Palace at 1615 Grand Line Road in New Albany and took an employee's wallet from her purse after inquiring about child care.

    According to their arrest reports in this case, the couple used the victim's credit cards at Dillard's, Foot Locker, Kroger and Burger King in St. Matthews. Dillard's provided video surveillance of Jenkins and Acklin using the victim's credit card to make a purchase of $116. Police say Jenkins and Acklin charged a total of $348 to the victim's credit cards.

    Both suspects are charged with misdemeanor fraudulent use of a credit card in this case.
  • January 10 - 22, 2014: Police say Jenkins and Acklin entered Buttons, Bows and Britches, a children's consignment shop on Cannons Lane, stole the owner's car keys, and used them to gain entry into her car.

    According to their arrest reports, the couple stole the woman's purse, which contained her wallet, credit cards, jewelry and cash. Investigators said Jenkins and Acklin used the victim's credit cards at Kroger, Walmart and McDonalds.

    The victim identified the couple from surveillance video of another similar incident.

    Total loss to the victim is under $500.

    Jenkins and Acklin are charged in this case with felony third-degree burglary and misdemeanor fraudulent use of a credit card.
  • January 22, 2014: Police say Jenkins and Acklin entered Sproutlings Pediatric Day Care and Preschool on Frankfort Avenue and made inquiries into child care. While they were there, police say the couple located an employee's purse behind a desk. They were captured on video surveillance going through the purse. The video also shows Jenkins concealing items from the purse on her person, according to her arrest report.

    Jenkins and Acklin are charged with misdemeanor theft by unlawful taking in this case.
  • January 23, 2014: Jenkins and Acklin are accused of entering St. Matthews Episcopal Church on North Hubbards Lane and stealing and employee's purse from her office.

    The victim told police she heard rustling in her office, and then saw two people exiting the church. The female suspect had the victim's purse on her shoulder.

    The victim followed the couple outside and saw them leave in a green Ford Mustang. She was able to provide police with the license plate number.

    The purse was later found in Crescent Hill, but it was missing the victim's cash.

    Jenkins and Acklin are charged in this case with felony third-degree burglary and felony tampering with physical evidence.
  • January 27, 2014: Police say Jenkins and Acklin were making inquiries about child care at Ajabuland Daycare in Louisville when Acklin excused himself, went into an employee's office and took her wallet from her purse.

    Within one hour, police said, the couple began using the victim's stolen credit cards to make purchases at Kroger and Rallies.

    Jenkins and Acklin are charged in this case with felony third-degree burglary, felony tampering with physical evidence and misdemeanor fraudulent use of a credit card.

In addition, Jenkins is accused of stealing a purse from a teacher at her child's school on November 25, 2013. Police said the purse contained an iPhone, which Jenkins sold for cash at a Jefferson Mall kiosk.

According to an arrest report, Jenkins had to present her ID and a photo was taken of her when she sold the stolen phone, which was shipped to San Diego, California. The phone was shipped back to the Louisville Metro Police Department, and the victim was able to positively identify her phone.

Jenkins is charged with misdemeanor receiving stolen property in this case.

Both Jenkins and Acklin were booked into the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections.

Jenkins and Acklin pleaded not guilty to the charges against them on Tuesday. Both were ordered not to have any contact with the day cares they visited.

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