Teenage 'Thelma and Louise' Caught in Philadelphia

PHOTO: Britney Singleton, left, and Harley Gifford, dubbed "Thelma and Louise" by local law enforcement, for robbing 29 homes in less than three months, stealing hundreds of items and more than $21,000 in cash.
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Dubbed Philadelphia's "Thelma and Louise" by local authorities, two 19-year-olds have been arrested after a crime spree that even law enforcement admits was impressive.

"They took everything that wasn't nailed down—perfume, money, jewelry, deodorant, toilet paper," Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood told ABCNews.com. "They took everything they could carry and everything was on foot. They had no vehicle."

In less than three months, Britney Singleton and Harley Gifford allegedly robbed 29 homes and stole hundreds of items. In addition to stealing more than $21,000 in cash, the teens swiped religious statues, signed baseballs, children's toys and a disposable camera.

Police say the teens even took a 55-inch television, which they carried back to their Upper Darby apartment without getting caught.

And when the teens allegedly robbed a home, they made no effort to be subtle.

Curtistine Willis was out of her home for a short time on Tuesday and when she returned she found her house had been ransacked. Drawers were emptied, the floor was littered with her belongings and it seemed as though nothing was off limits.

"They went through my medicine and took my medicine," Curtistine Willis told ABC's Philadelphia affiliate WPVI. "The medicine cabinet was destroyed, so it was really bad."

Chitwood said the duo swiped more items than they knew what to do with.

"There was so much stuff that they couldn't get rid of it fast enough," Chitwood said. They were selling the items on the streets and in pawn shops, but the bulk was so great that their apartment was packed with items when police caught them.

"We had estimated that there were probably a dozen burglaries committed by this duo but we had no idea who they were," Chitwood said.

The big break for police came when a man walked in on Singleton and Gifford burglarizing his apartment and confronted them. One of the girls came up behind him and struck him in the back of the head, knocking him down. They managed to escape, but one of them dropped their ID on the way out, which led police to them.

When police arrived at the live-in couple's basement apartment with arrest warrants on Thursday, they teens did want to let them in and refused to open the door. But, once they let police in, Chitwood said they confessed to all of the charges.

"They were just matter-of-fact, very cooperative. They showed us houses we didn't even have burglary reports for," Chitwood said. "They started stealing and it became so easy…they were getting in unlocked windows and doors."

Chitwood said he has noticed an alarming increase in young criminals in Philadelphia, especailly among females.

The teens are in jail and have not been able to make bond. They charged with 25 counts of burglary, larceny and conspiracy and are facing years in prison, according to police. Chitwood said the teens do not yet have attorneys.

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