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Caretaker accused of stealing thousands of dollars in jewelry from homes

Maria Sanchez, 40, of Northridge was arrested on several felony counts of theft on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013.

November 14, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
A caretaker was arrested for allegedly stealing over $8,000 in jewelry from an elderly couple in Thousand Oaks Tuesday. Investigators also linked Maria Sanchez, 40, of Northridge to a second theft which is believed to be in excess of $20,000.

Sanchez targeted elderly victims who had hired her as a caretaker. In both cases, the 40-year-old sold the property to a pawnshop in the San Fernando Valley.

Sanchez was booked into the Ventura County Jail on several felony counts of theft.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be filed.

If you hired Sanchez as a caretaker and believe you were a victim of a crime, you're urged to contact Detective Jerin Widofsky at (805) 494-8221.