Man allegedly uses window washing service to rob people

February 7, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
He used his window washing service to rob people. That's what investigators are saying about 52-year-old Kevin Rhyner. He's in jail Thursday night on grand theft charges.

Police have been on this case for more than a year and thus far there have been nine cases in both Clovis and Fresno. Thursday night, a number of his alleged victims said they are happy he is here in jail, but worried that their family heirlooms will never be recovered.

"I'm happy no one else is going to be a victim," said Sandy Moore.

Moore, a local realtor and victim, met Kevin Rhyner, about three years ago and hired him to clean vacant properties. But then one day, she says Rhyner offered to clean her home for free. She took him up on the offer and told us it was not until much later that she realized some of her things were missing.

Sandy Moore said, "Family pieces. Diamond rings from my mother, it's not that I wore them, but you feel violated and robs me of the opportunity to give it to somebody else."

Janet Stoll-Lee with the Clovis Police Department said, "He went into homes to do window washing, grout cleaning, carpet cleaning and would walk out with expensive jewelry."

We found out Rhyner was convicted in Sacramento County for the same crime and is currently on probation.

Moore says after all that has happened she keeps a fake jewelry box in case there is a break-in. She also has security cameras, an alarm system, and wants to warn others not to set up spontaneous appointments, and should do a serious background check before you let just anyone into your home.

Police believe there are more victims out there? they are hoping those people will come forward.


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