Couple accused of using PetSmart boarding information to rob homes plead not guilty 

A couple accused of using insider information from working at a San Carlos PetSmart to rob peoples' homes while boarding their pets has plead not guilty to all charges Tuesday, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Ashley Kirk and Juan Ortega-Ramos, both 24, are charged with multiple counts of burglary, possession of stolen property, conspiracy and possession of a stolen car, prosecutors said.

The couple, who live together in San Jose, reportedly used Kirk's job at PetSmart, where they board pets, to case out residences where they knew no one would be home, prosecutors said.

The suspects were originally arrested in September 2013 after San Mateo County Sheriff's deputies discovered Ortega-Ramos allegedly in possession of a stolen silver Porsche 991S. Further investigation revealed that the home the Porsche was stolen from had also been burglarized and additional property from the burglary was reportedly discovered in the defendant's possession.

After Ortega-Ramos' arrest, the Sheriff's Office conducted a larger investigation and discovered that the victims in that burglary and others were related to Kirk's job at PetSmart where victims had been boarding their pets while they were away from their homes.

After a five month investigation, the pair were arrested Monday and appeared in court Tuesday to enter their not guilty pleas.

They are currently in custody on $500,000 bail and will return to court Jan. 28.

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