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News - November 23, 2012

Thousands of pieces of stolen jewelry recovered

Police have bagfuls of personal property allegedly stolen by two women

by Sue Dremann

Los Altos police released photographs of totes and bags full of jewelry and other loot that have been confiscated from two women accused of burglarizing at least 15 to 20 homes. Some of the burglaries took place in Palo Alto and involved "thousands" of pieces of jewelry, a Los Altos police spokesman told the Weekly.

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Posted by neighbor, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 25, 2012 at 11:35 am

Astonishing story. People should secure their valuables like jewelry.
Sheesh, how about supervisisng your house cleaners, with other recent stories of crime?
These women were pretty brazen and did a lot of theft - pretty systematic, it seems.
Thanks to the police (probably multiple jurisdictions?) for sorting all this out.

Posted by Cedric de La Beaujardiere, a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 25, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Cedric de La Beaujardiere is a registered user.

I don't think it's fair to be suspicious of your housekeepers. None of the recent thefts I've read about here have been by household help. I mean, if you want to supervise everyone you let into your life, that's your business, but it does not show respect.

My parents' home was burglarized when I was a kid and lots of stuff was taken, not just portable jewelry but Persian rugs and other furniture. Having photos of all the valuable possessions in your home is crucial to recovering stolen items, because the burglar may have sold them off already, so you may not be so lucky as to have the police discover a treasure trove in the thief's home. The reality is you can't put all your possessions under lock and key, other than the exterior doors and windows. Luckily in our case, the thief was discovered to live a couple of houses away and he jumped back fences to access several nearby properties. I think he may have been ID'd when he tried to sell stolen property.

Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on Nov 26, 2012 at 3:27 am

This article should reference the original arrest story: Web Link

@Cedric, though unrelated, readers here will likely remember this recent housekeeper case: Web Link

Posted by Cedric de La Beaujardiere, a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 26, 2012 at 7:47 am

Cedric de La Beaujardiere is a registered user.

@musical, thanks for the link. Unfortunate. I think it is foolish to steal from your employer like that, because you're just one of few if any more than you people who come into the home, so it is not hard to link missing items to a house cleaner. Vs, say, stealing from an office full of employees, that would be harder to track (though of course, still unethical).

My parents worked full time so they had a house cleaner/nanny to look after me when I'd get home from school each day, maybe she would cook sometimes too. she generally seemed busy but being a child i didn't pay that close attention, or at least don't recall. We had a few different women come and help this way over the years and they were each wonderful women, kind, helpful, of good disposition and character, and of course they never stole from us.

Posted by Ducatigirl, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 26, 2012 at 8:43 am

I have had inexpensive (the expensive stuff was locked up) jewelry and even asthma inhalers stolen from my home when the real estate agent was giving an open house!
Go figure!

Every room cannot be monitored every minute, and every entrant to a home cannot be screened, or searched upon exit. Someone really bent on stealing will find a way to do it, and probably get away with it.

Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on Nov 26, 2012 at 9:08 am

One can only imagine the "shrinkage" due to shoplifting at retail establishments. We all pay.

Posted by PA Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 26, 2012 at 9:50 am

@Musical: Thank you for the link to the original story, which shows the mug shots. The blonde doesn't "look like a criminal" so the LAPD did a great job of questioning and catching them.

I wonder how long they will be in prison though. Perhaps only a year? Obviously, they will return to crime. Anyone who thinks it's okay to run around, stealing from everyone has serious mental issues and doesn't belong in society.

Posted by profiling, a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 26, 2012 at 10:07 am

The above comments about "doesn't look like a criminal" shows how little Palo Alto residents know about criminals. A lot of real criminals (not just TV criminals) look like this perp.

Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 26, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Uh, yeah, the blonde does look like a criminal - the eyebrows. She's also got that indefinable something that warrants a second look if you're a cop (pun intended).

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