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Crooked credit card couple captured: cops

Man and woman arrested after month on the lam, police say

The cops caught up with a couple who went on a shopping spree all over town with credit cards stolen out of a parked car more than a month ago, police said.

Toby Godfrey, 42, and Kylina Verbeck, 24, were captured early Saturday morning at the Red Roof Inn on McDonough Street, according to police.

Godfrey and Verbeck, who lived together on Park Drive, according to court records, were linked to purchases made with credit cards stolen from a car parked on South Reed Street April 8, police said.

The couple bought merchandise "throughout Joliet," according to police.

Six days after the vehicle burglary, at about 8 p.m., an officer spotted Godfrey — whose driver's license was suspended — behind the wheel of a Nissan SUV on West Jefferson Street near Prairie Avenue, Police Officer Olin Torkelson said in an email Monday.

Before the officer could pull the SUV over, Godfrey parked and fled on foot, Torkelson said.

Moments later, the Joliet 911 Communications Center received a call about someone getting shot in the same block of Park Drive as where Godfrey and Verbeck were living, Torkelson said.

"Officers were eventually able to determine that no one was shot, and that Godfrey called 911 to report the false shooting," Torkelson said.

On Friday, prosecutors filed charges of continuing financial crime enterprise, identity theft and making a false complaint to 911 against Godfrey, and a single count of identity theft against Verbeck, court records show.

Shortly after 3:30 a.m. the next day, officers at the Red Roof Inn spotted Godfrey and Verbeck walking into the hotel and placed them under arrest, Torkelson said.

Godfrey and Verbeck were booked at the Joliet Police Department and then transported to the Will County jail.

Godfrey's bond was set at $150,000 and Verbeck's bond was set at $50,000. The pair remained in custody Monday afternoon, and the police might not be done with them yet.

"This is still an ongoing investigation," Torkelson said of the case against Godfrey and Verbeck.

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