Newlyweds accused of going on burglary spree

Published On: Jun 03 2013 05:16:44 AM HST   Updated On: May 31 2013 07:05:00 PM HST

A newlywed couple from Radcliff is in jail, accused of burglarizing eight homes across six counties right after getting married.

Conway Roush, 35, and Rosella Girdler, 32, were arrested when their minivan crashed on Interstate 65 in Bullitt County.

Investigators said the two were married May 4, and the burglaries started that very same day.

Now they're facing charges of receiving stolen property.

Electronics, jewelry, cameras and collectibles were all stolen from homes across six Kentucky counties.

"I've never been through anything like this before. It's devastating," said a Franklin County burglary victim identified only as Phyllis.

She and her husband showed up at the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office on Friday to take some of their belongings back.

Investigators said roughly $15,000 worth of merchandise rests on a table of items they recovered.

But that's just a fraction of what they said the couple actually took.

"Based on the burglaries that occurred, it's well over $100,000 in items that were taken from victims," said Lt. Mike Murdoch with the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office.

From May 4-18, police said Roush and Girdler hit at least eight homes across Boone, Grant, Pendleton, Oldham, Jefferson and Franklin counties.

Some of the recovered items were found in the couple's van when Girdler crashed it while they were driving home on I-65 in Bullitt County.

"She said they were having a domestic argument and for some reason they crashed off the roadway," said Murdoch.

Investigators said they immediately caught Girdler, but her husband took off.

He was found the next day, drunk and staggering down the interstate.

The work for the sheriff's office continues, to make sure all of the stolen property gets back to its proper owners.

"We just thought we would never find anything or they would never be caught," Phyllis said.

Investigators said they also found a Chihuahua in the couple's van. It's now being kept at animal control because they think it may be stolen too.

The sheriff's office believes other people also helped the couple pawn some of the stolen merchandise and said more charges are possible.

Investigators said Roush is a convicted felon with six previous burglary convictions.

Anyone who recognizes the stolen merchandise or knows where any of it has been sold should call the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office.         


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