WESTPORT, Conn. – A Norwalk woman stole more than $380,000 worth of jewelry from a Westport home where she worked as a housekeeper, according to police.
Martha Lopez, 57, was arrested Tuesday night and charged with first-degree larceny. She was held on $150,000 bond and will appear in court Oct. 5.
A Judy Point resident reported on May 25 that a large amount of jewelry had been stolen from two safes at her home, Westport police said. The theft was investigated by the Detective Bureau with assistance from an insurance investigator from AIG.
The investigation revealed that 35 pieces of jewelry had been stolen from the home and two safes within the last year, with a total estimated value of $384,330. Police said that the codes to the safes were stolen from the resident’s day planner.
Detectives made contact with Connecticut Gold and Silver in Wilton and learned that at least 20 pieces of jewelry had been pawned there by Lopez between July 2012 and December 2014, according to police. The shop provided detectives with photographs of the jewelry that she pawned, and the victim was able to identify 31 pieces that had been stolen from the home and 13 items that had been stolen from the safes, police said.
Lopez worked as a housekeeper at the home for 18 years, according to police. A warrant was issued for her arrest, and she was taken into custody at her home Tuesday night.
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