Cleaner charged with stealing $100K worth of jewellery from elderly clients

A WOMAN has been charged with stealing expensive jewellery from elderly victims while she worked as a cleaner in their homes.

Police say the 52-year-old committed the alleged thefts whilst she was employed as a residential aged home care cleaner in Sydney’s west and the Blue Mountains.

“On Thursday 6 December 2018, it’s alleged the woman stole a gold and sapphire ring from an 81-year-old woman, while she cleaned the woman’s St Clair home,” NSW Police said.


“The same day, the woman attended a 72-year-old woman’s home at Wentworth Falls, where while undertaking her cleaning duties, she allegedly stole further jewellery which was worth in excess of $100,000.”

The woman was arrested at her home in Hebersham yesterday after she pawned a number of the stolen items at a shop in Penrith that morning.

During a search of the woman’s home, police also located about 50 other items of jewellery suspected to have been stolen over a two-year period from unsuspecting elderly clients.

She was charged with two counts of larceny relating to the alleged thefts and conditionally bailed to appear at Mt Druitt Local Court on Wednesday 16 January.

Police say further charges are expected in the coming weeks.