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Couple takes in woman, who allegedly runs up credit cards

She had been caring for an elderly parent

MOORE TWP., Pa. - Authorities allege a Northampton County woman charged nearly $10,000 to a Moore Township couple who took her in when she was homeless.

Moore Township police charged Kaitlin L. Kunkel, of Lehigh Township, with single felony counts of receiving stolen property, theft and access device fraud. Police charged Kunkel in April, and she was arraigned by District Judge Antonia Grifo on an outstanding arrest warrant late Sunday night.

The 27-year-old was released on $25,000 unsecured bail following her arraignment.

Township police were called to a Longwood Circle home on Jan. 31 to take a theft report from a couple who received credit card statements for several items they never purchased. They had called the Target fraud department that day about online and in-store purchases on the card and learned Kunkel made online purchases shipped to the Longwood Circle address, according to court records.

They told investigators that Kunkel had been caring for one of their elderly parents, when they allowed her to move into their home in September 2016 because she had nowhere to live, according to records. The couple told authorities that they rarely used their credit cards, which were stored in a desk drawer in the office next to Kunkel’s bedroom.

Records supplied by Target showed a pair of $100 online purchases in which Kunkel allegedly used her cell phone number, email address and name for the shipping information. Police said she refused to meet with investigators to discuss the purchases.

Credit card records later supplied by the victims showed:

  • $2,698 in purchases and cash advances from Target;
  • $3,289 in purchases and cash advances on a CITI credit card;
  • $314 in purchases on a Valero credit card;
  • and $3,117 in purchase and cash advances on a Walmart credit card.

Police authorities allege Kunkel made $9,420 in purchases and cash advances between November 2016 and February 2017. Her next court date is a preliminary hearing scheduled for July 6.

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