Middletown couple charged in neighborhood crime spree

A Middletown couple is behind bars, accused of preying on their Lefferson Road neighbors in a series of crimes.

The area of Lefferson Road and Carolina Street suffered a short-lived crime spree as three burglaries and one arson were reported in a 10-day period ending Monday, according to police.

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Nathan Klepinger, 28, of the 2800 block of Lefferson Road, has been charged with the crimes that targeted his neighbors. His alleged accomplice and girlfriend, Stacy Brown, 27, of the same address, is also facing multiple charges, according to Middletown police.

On July 20, Klepinger allegedly broke into his neighbor’s house on Lefferson Road and stole numerous items, according to police. The next day, Klepinger filed a police report claiming that he too was the victim of a burglary and reported that thousands of dollars worth of property was stolen.

Through investigation, detectives discovered that a burglary did not occur at Klepinger’s house and that he was attempting to defraud his insurance company, according to police.

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On Monday a residence in the 22o0o block of Carolina Street was set ablaze. The house was being rehabbed, and police determined Klepinger and Brown broke in and stole building materials and then set the fire to cover up their crime.

When the fire occurred, the city’s Arson Task Force found evidence linking Klepinger to the arson. He confessed to the crime spree, according to police.

Klepinger is charged with aggravated arson, two counts of burglary, theft, and making a false report. Brown is charged with aggravated arson, burglary, and theft.

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