HOUSTON – Two women who work for a Houston moving company have been charged with stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from a customer.
Loranda McDonald, 39, and Mattrica Guillory, 25, face felony theft charges.
Cindy Feigt hired the A-Rocket Moving Company in July to pack up her belongings and move her into a new home.
When she unpacked her things a few days later, she was devastated to discover that two rings from her late husband were missing.
"Those two rings were everything to me," Feigt said. "We tore through everything and tried to retrace every step and every possibility of where they could be."
The wedding ring was worth $25,000. A ring she received on their 25th wedding anniversary was valued at $15,000. To Feigt, both are priceless.
"They didn’t just steal two rings," Feigt said. "They stole a part of me too."
The $25,000 ring turned up at a pawn shop on Telephone Road. An employee there picked McDonald out of a photo lineup as the woman who sold it for $400.
Police say McDonald confessed when they questioned her. She told them Guillory stole the rings. She said they sold the second ring to King’s Flea Market on MLK Blvd. McDonald said they got $300 and a pair of earrings for that one. She said Guillory gave her $200 and kept $500 for herself.
McDonald and Guillory have previous convictions for theft and forgery.
A-Rocket Moving Company has been in business for 50 years and has an "A" rating from the Better Business Bureau.
The owner has fired McDonald and Guillory.
Feigt’s rings have been recovered. She said she’ll wear them the next time she moves.