The officer then spoke with detectives, who worked to find out more about the pair. Detectives dug up several pawn tickets and old traffic incident reports on the two, the complaint said.
Rider went to the Noyes Avenue home over the weekend, where he found Tonya Ramsey. She later admitted to taking jewelry and a laptop from two houses but denied taking the guns.
She said Billy Ramsey took one gun from the Staunton Avenue home and sold it in Cedar Grove. She said he had "all the knowledge of the firearms," according to the complaint.
The officer found some of the jewelry and the laptop in Ramsey's home, according to court documents. Rider returned the items to their owners, but the Kanawha Avenue victim said more of her jewelry was missing.
She gave the officer a detailed report, which he later questioned Ramsey about to no avail. The victim found her jewelry at Cash for Gold on MacCorkle Avenue and was able to retrieve it with help from police.
The officer found that Tonya Ramsey sold the items Oct. 16, the same day she went to the victim's house, the complaint said. He also found she pawned a large amount of jewelry weeks earlier on Oct. 7.
A search of police reports turned up a similar robbery at a house on Kanawha Avenue that occurred after an open house event, Rider wrote. The jewelry in that robbery was not recoverable, police said.
He called it a "crime of opportunity." He said it wasn't an epidemic and tied it back to drug abuse. Tonya Ramsey has a history of being arrested for drugs, he said.
"Most people who attend open houses are on the up and up, but it is a good idea just to conceal valuables, put them in a safe or in a drawer that would conceal them," Cooper said.
"Most of these items had been in their natural place on a dresser or places like that, but they're going out of their way to look for valuables."
Detectives have spoken to local real estate agents about the incidents and have given them descriptions of the couple. He said if anyone sees either Ramsey in their home during an event or open house, they should call police immediately.
Tonya Ramsey was charged with two counts of grand larceny. She was free on $500 bond Wednesday.
Anyone with information can contact Charleston detectives at 304-348-6480.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.