Pair arrested in house-sitting nightmare case

Updated: September 10, 2019 12:41 PM
Created: September 10, 2019 10:00 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Two people are facing charges following a house-sitting nightmare that left a couple's home destroyed. 

Rochester Police arrested 29-year-old Chelsea Cooke, of Irondequoit, and 26-year-old Anthony Altamura, of Kent.


Last month, Alan and Katherine Cooper paid Cooke to watch over their pets and take care of their home while they went to Europe for two weeks. The couple said Cooke was familiar to friends. 

When the Coopers returned, they found their home destroyed with broken doors and stains throughout the couple’s bedroom and ceiling. As for their animals, the couple said the litter box had not been changed.

Cooke and Altamura were each charged with third-degree grand larceny and second-degree criminal mischief.

Katherine issued the following statement to News10NBC following their arrests:

“We are relieved that the police investigators were able to give us  some justice, we’ll be going to court with them soon where the judge will decide their final that they are behind bars currently it enables us to focus on healing. Thank you for all the support we’ve been receiving from all around.”

Cooke and Altamura are expected to be arraigned Tuesday.

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