St. Ann police make arrest in mass rent theft case

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by KMOV.com Staff

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Posted on October 17, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 18 at 11:46 AM

(KMOV.com) -- Police have arrested a former St. Ann landord for stealing thousands of dollars in rent money.

Dozens of residents came home to late rent notices on their door for rent they already paid. The only problem was someone intercepted the money.

News 4 talked with investigators who say this was quite the scam.

Dozens of people at the Colonial Apartments pay their rent using money orders. Residents reported the former landlord asked them not to sign the back of the check.

Just like that, two months of rent came up missing.

“It just feels so good to know that they got the person that did this,” said resident Jessica Drummond.  

In just two months, police say 31-year-old  Kelly Greenewell confessed to stealing $10,022 from Colonial Apartments.

“We actually got her after she dropped her kids off at school during the confession she was upset a little bit but I still dont think it’s sunk in,” said St. Ann Police Chief Aaron Jimenez.  

Investigators say Greeenwell cashed the money orders and about 22 people were victimized.

“These things can happen especially if they dont sign the back of those money orders they just put it in Colonial Apartments’ name and the manager has the right to that,” said Jimenez. “You can grab that, easily get the cash and pocket it.”

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This is not Greenewell’s first run in with the law, she has a history of being physically violent.

A spokesperson for Gundaker Commercial Group, owners of the apartments, says they  noticed something wasnt right in August. By September Greenwell was fired.

In a statement released Thursday they said-

“Fraudulent activity was discovered as a result of our policies and procedures. We took immediate action to remedy the situation .”

There is a new landlord in charge now, and Gundaker says residents are not responsible for the missing funds.

Police say they are actively looking for a second person of interest.

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