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Feb 25, 2014 6:43 PM

Sheriffs: Housekeeper thief could have more victims

TUCSON - A woman who worked for a cleaning service is suspected of stealing gold jewelry from a client's house in January.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department says there may be more victims out there.

According to Detectives, the 24-year-old woman pawned about $30,000 worth of jewelry and only received $5,600 for it.

Janet, was one of the victims. She asked we not use her last name. She says, "Every piece of jewelry has a story to it, so if somebody takes it, they are taking a piece of you too."

Detectives say she had about $2,000 worth of gold jewelry stolen. "These were all gifts from my husband, and he doesn't buy me jewelry very often so it was special."

The couple knew immediately who had taken the jewelry because they discovered the theft the day after the cleaning service had been to their home.

The owner of the cleaning service was contacted, and had her employee go the victim's house and apologize. Janet says she even cried as she admitted taking the items. She also asked , "Please don't report her because she has these children. And I said you should have thought of that before you took the jewelry."

Janet agreed not to contact authorities as long as she got her jewelry back. But then she changed her mind when she found out the housekeeper had a record.

Seventeen offenses. Two years in prison for burglary.

Her husband called 911, and within ten minutes a deputy took the report.

Burglary detective Hans Goritz is handling the case. Not only did he find this victim's jewelry he also found other pieces that he has no idea who they belong too. He believes the victims may have used the same cleaning service.

"This company cleaned homes out of Rancho Vistoso, Saddlebrooke, and the Catalina area."

No arrests have been made, and the detective isn't naming the cleaning service because they're cooperating fully with detectives. The suspect no longer works there.

A slideshow of the stolen jewelry can be found above. If you recognize any of it as yours, police say to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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