Police: Couple who stole $99K from elderly neighbor used cash for drugs

Kelly and David Ruhl (submitted)

DAUPHIN, Pa. (WHTM) – A Dauphin County couple accused of stealing nearly $100,000 from their elderly neighbor used most of the money to buy drugs, according to charging documents.

Kelly Ruhl, 37, and her 42-year-old husband David, of Middle Paxton Township, are charged with theft, burglary, and access device fraud.

Kelly Ruhl told investigators she often visited her 88-year-old neighbor and on several occasions took the woman’s debit card and used it for a few days before returning it. She said she learned the PIN by watching the woman type it on her phone, state police said in a criminal complaint.

She told authorities that she and her husband are unemployed and used some of the money to pay electricity bills and rent, but she turned the majority of it over to David Ruhl so he could buy drugs, the complaint states. Mrs. Ruhl told police she was not an active drug user, but she said her husband would use 20 bags of heroin at a time.

Police said the stolen money totaled $99,372 but that figure may change as the investigation continues.

The elderly victim discovered the theft after bouncing a check for home renovations. Police said an ATM camera recorded the same woman withdrawing money from the victim’s account in more than 30 transactions, and Ruhl was identified as that woman from her tattoos.

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