House-sitters arrested after Mariposa County Sheriff says video shows their theft

MARIPOSA COUNTY, Calif. (KFSN) -- The Mariposa County Sheriff says a couple from Oakhurst stole thousands of dollars' worth of items from a home they were hired to house-sit while the owners were out of town.

In surveillance video released by the Mariposa County Sheriff's Department a woman is seen covering one of the cameras.

"I think it appears they were unaware of the other cameras and that's how they were depicted stealing the items," Sheriff Doug Binnewies said.

Investigators say this video and the victims helped deputies identify and track down the suspects. 49-year-old Sunday Robesky and her husband 44-year-old Christopher Robesky are both facing felony charges in the case. They were arrested following a search of their Oakhurst home.

"At this time we have not recovered stolen property," Sheriff Binnewies said.

The victims hired the Robeskys to watch their home, which also serves as a bed and breakfast, for 15 days, according to Sheriff Binnewies. The victims didn't know they were missing stuff from their property for days after their return.

"It looks like they stole items from inside the residence and surrounding property for numerous days while they were there," said Sheriff Binnewies.

Random items, many small things, were taken from the home. Several security cameras caught the couple loading the loot into their SUV.

Sheriff Binnewies added, "They stole items from bed linens to kitchen products, to weed eaters outside."

Sunday Robesky is being held on $50,000 bail. Christopher Robesky's bail was increased to $150,000 the sheriff's says because of prior criminal activity.

The sheriff says the arrests in this case came relatively easily because of the surveillance system installed in the victim's home. He also says it's a good idea, if you're hiring anyone to watch your property, to know who you're hiring and run a background check.

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