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Chandler couple arrested for theft

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Deena and John Gaw Deena and John Gaw
CHANDLER, Ariz. -

Pinal County Sheriff's deputies say 43-year-old John and 40-year-old Deena Gaw  targeted elderly people and they were caught with stolen jewelry, clothing, hand bags, surgical gloves and a lock pick.

After admitting that they stole the items to authorities, the husband and wife were arrested.

Deena told homeowners her name was "Carol Porter" and that her clients wanted to see their listed for sale homes.

The Gaws bonded out of jail for $25,000 each, but did not come to the door at their Chandler home.

Leo Mahoney lives two doors down from the Gaws and says it could happen to anyone.

"I don't appreciate having that in the neighborhood," he said.

Deputies say the Gaws targeted elderly people living in the Saddlebrooke retirement community just outside Tucson. They searched for For Sale signs, then preyed on those homeowners.

The duo burglarized multiple homes in the area, according to deputies.

"People should be more informed..a lot of scams going on all over," said Saddlebrooke resident Ken Fitzsimmons, who believes people are trusting and often targeted.  He vows to be more alert.

"It's getting worse and worse all the time.  I don't know how anyone is going to change it," he said.

As for the Chandler couple, they're back out on the streets and their neighbors are also on the look out.

"People who do that are not on my upper level of respect or friends," said Fitzsimmons.

When deputies caught the couple, they had over 30 listings in their car.  Authorities say Deena is not a licensed real estate agent, but John is.

They believe more victims are out there.  If you have any information about this case, call the Pinal County Sheriff's office.

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