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Jun 19, 2012 2:08 AM

Crime Trackers: housekeeper suspected in dozens of thefts

GREEN VALLEY - A woman who earned the trust of over 50 clients by cleaning their homes for years is now having to clean up after herself.

The housekeeper is facing multiple charges of theft and trafficking in stolen property.

The woman has not been formally charged so News 4 is not naming her.

She was considered by some of her clients as more than a housekeeper. One woman who asked not to be identified told News 4 she had known her for over a decade.

"How dare you do this to me, how dare you," said the victim. "I just feel like I have been so violated."

She's one of nearly a dozen victims who was ripped off.

The victim claims, it was during her lowest point in her life last January when the housekeeper would come and sit with her, cry with her, and console her. "She had my heart I thought I definitely had hers."

It was during that time detectives say the housekeeper was not only cleaning the houses, she was cleaning out some of her clients jewelry. Detective Andy Anderson of the Pima County Sheriff's Department says, "Some of these people she worked for 12 to 14 years and yes she did , she violated their trust."

This victim claims she lost $10,000 worth of jewelry. "The most sentimental thing she took was a ring that my father in law who has since passed away gave me 45 years ago."

Detective Anderson says the housekeeper took the jewelry to Sunrise Jewelers in Tubac and sold it for $3,700. "The jeweler has his a practice of once he purchases it he sends back to the East Coast."

Det. Anderson says the thefts go back two years maybe more. When he questioned the housekeeper, "She initially denied it, then came some admission and then came the remorse. She did breakdown and cry."

She told the detective and the victim she needed the money.

The victim wants to people to beware and to lock up or hide anything valuable.

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