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Pair accused of being traveling con men

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Phillip O'Hara (left) and Tommy Riley (Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office) Phillip O'Hara (left) and Tommy Riley (Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Spartanburg County deputies said one-half of a pair of traveling con men was arrested in Kentucky over the weekend.

Deputies said that on Sept. 14, 2011, Tommy Riley and Phillip O'Hara knocked on the door of an 83-year-old Spartanburg woman's home, claiming to be flooring salesmen. They said that while one of the men distracted the woman by showing her samples of flooring material, the other went to the woman's bedroom and stole nearly $10,000 worth of jewelry.

Investigators said they were able to quickly identify the pair and release their descriptions to precious metal companies across the country. They said that on Jan. 19, Riley tried to sell gold to a business in Lexington, KY, and was arrested in the process.

Riley was brought back to Spartanburg County and charged with second-degree burglary and grand larceny.

Deputies said O'Hara is wanted on the same charges. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-CRIME-SC.

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