Man, woman accused of conning local couple arrested

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A man and woman accused of conning a local couple and stealing about $10,000 worth of diamond jewelry in one of what authorities think was a series of similar incidents have been arrested, police said Tuesday.

Julie Tootsie Costa and Rio Calvin Mitchell. (Jail photos)

In each instance, the man and woman appeared at a victim’s home under the pretense of wanting to purchase a vehicle, RV, trailer or some other item.

Rio Calvin Mitchell, 27, of Waco, and Julie Tootsie Costa, 26, were arrested after officers responded Sunday night to a report of a suspicious person in the 3700 block of North 21st Street, Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said Tuesday.

“The victim stated that Mitchell and Costa had entered their home without permission asking about a TV. Costa was arrested for criminal trespass that night and a warrant was eventually issued for Mitchell for a prior burglary,” Swanton said in a press release.

Property and evidence were recovered both at the scene and in a subsequent search of a motel room, Swanton said.

“It is believed that the pair has committed multiple thefts in Waco, Hewitt and the McLennan County area,” he said.

Costa was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, criminal trespass of a habitation, failure to identify and burglary of a habitation, and is named in Collin County warrants charging possession of a controlled substance.

Her bonds total more than $21,000, according to online jail records.

Mitchell was charged with burglary of a habitation and is named in two outstanding traffic warrants.

His bond had not been set Tuesday morning, online records showed.

The burglary charge against each of the two stems from an incident on Nov. 26 in the 4500 block of Sanger.

Waco resident Pat Talley was napping at around 5:30 p.m. that day when a man and woman came to the front door of her home.

She said they told her and her husband they were inquiring about buying a classic car parked outside the house near Sanger Avenue and New Road.

The car wasn’t for sale, but Talley said the two gave her husband a phone number, which turned out to be fake, and continued chatting with him.

After gaining his trust, Talley said, the woman said she was pregnant and needed to go to the bathroom.

When she returned, the couple left.

A short time later, Talley discovered a group of rings, including her wedding ring, had been stolen.