Police: Cleaning lady in Lakewood connected to sale of jewelry 18 times

staffordsmith-tls“At this time we have connected Guadalupe Menses Gomez with the sale of jewelry eighteen times over the last year,” Detective Lieutenant Greg Staffordsmith says.

Of the eighteen, one of those transactions was determined to be the result of an unknown November 13th theft from a Primrose Lane home, Staffordsmith said.

“On December 12, 2016 Det. Chase Messer met with the residents of the Primose Lane home after they saw the article on TLS regarding the arrest of Gomez. Realizing that she had recently been hired to clean their home on November 13th, they checked their jewelry and discovered that a ring, bracelet and pair of earrings were missing.”

Further investigation revealed that Gomez had sold those items to a pawn shop in Howell on November 17th.

As a result, additional charges for theft and fencing are pending against Gomez.

Staffordsmith adds, “At this time, we are making every effort to recovery the stolen items, however, (due to) laws governing the amount of time a pawn shop must retain the jewelry, varies from town to town. Often times the jewelry has already been disposed of by the time the loss has been discovered and/or reported.”

“In an effort to reduce the risk of becoming a victim, make sure you know who is conducting work in your home and how to contact them if necessary. Ask for references and take the necessary precautions to safeguard your valuables.”


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  1. I have a very bad feeling about people who come to your home to clean,etc., act almost like part of the family and then steal your cash and treasured possessions. May they reap what they sow. We lost quite a bit of cash this way, and yes i should have been more careful, but we live very busy lives and we grew up with trust., and have a hard time looking at people as thieves. Thank you for publicizing this, thank you Lakewood Police for helping regain the stolen merchandise, and I think pawn shops should be held responsible as they must know that when this type of transaction takes place they should question the acquisition method. If the cleaning help had no place to fence their goods, or risked being reported by the pawn shop, they would not be so quick to steal,

  2. I lock my bedroom door and never let cleaning help in. I am a busy mom who needs help, but my bedroom I clean myself. It’s worth the added burden for me to save whatever valuables, however small, that I own. Also, a safe (even a small one screwed into a wall) is a good idea.

  3. a very helpful tip to safeguarding valuables is sold in Lowes for under $50 you can buy a mini safe which is large enough for all your diamonds and too large to steal.

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