Police arrest couple accused of stealing from Harlan motel

HARLAN, Ky. (WVLT/WYMT) -- A man and woman wanted for stealing from a Harlan motel last year have been arrested.

Police say 43-year-old John Rutherford and 37-year-old Crystal Barrett, also known as Crystal Craig, were caught on surveillance video taking almost everything from a room at the Mount Aire Motel in December.

When the housekeeper went into the room after they left, the sheets, towels, the coffee maker, the ice bucket, and even the trash cans were missing.

"You hear stories all the time of maybe somebody wants to take a souvenir from the trip, but this is a little ridiculous. They took every towel, every sheet, and everything from the hotel room," said Harlan Police Chief Mike Thomas.

The theft added up to several hundred dollars.

The pair was arrested this week in Bell County and brought back to Harlan to face the theft charges. Officers say the duo has a history of stealing.

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