HOUSTON – A maid is accused of cleaning a family out of jewelry and she’s been linked to more than $60,000 worth of thefts at several different homes, investigators said.
The Wahl family in Baytown knew something was wrong when a grandfather’s World War II Era watch was missing.
“I was hurt a lot. I was very upset,” Sara Wahl said.
There was a lot of other jewelry missing too.
She suspected a housecleaner was stealing some of her most prized possessions.
Baytown police said Wahl was right.
Investigators linked the housecleaner to a piece of Wahl’s jewelry recovered from a pawn shop.
That wasn’t all.
Detective Brian Parker showed KHOU 11 News more than a hundred pieces of unclaimed jewelry that officers recovered.
Parker said it appears the woman, who is in her 40s, began stealing “a little bit at first.”
But then she began taking a lot more.
At one point, Baytown police said she hid some of the stolen loot in a trash can at a washateria.
Mr. Terry Wahl said the housekeeper “was very careful in that she took stuff you wouldn’t miss.”
The housekeeper worked for a cleaning company based in Baytown. The woman was a member of team that would clean several homes.
Police are not releasing her name since she has not been charged.
The owner of the company she worked said the worker was immediately fired.
Police said they are hoping more people come forward and identify the recovered jewelry.
Detectives expect the woman to face felony charges.
In the meantime, the Wahl’s are still looking for their grandfather’s vintage watch.