2011-09-29 / Local & State

Police: Cleaning Woman Took $20K In Jewelry

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) – Police say a cleaning woman was doing more than tidying up – she was cleaning out her client.

The Daily Local News of West Chester reports 31-yearold Melissa Ann Lash is accused of taking about $20,000 in jewelry from the home of an 88-year-old woman in a gated adult-living community in suburban Philadelphia.

Authorities say the victim noticed 35 pieces of jewelry were missing on Thursday. A surveillance system installed after the call allegedly captured Lash pocketing more jewelry on Friday.

Investigators say the Aston woman was arrested after leaving the home at Hershey’s Mill in West Chester.

The Daily Local News report (http://bit.ly/qiIMFD ) says detectives believe Lash sold jewelry stolen from the woman on five other occasions.

Lash is being held on theft and related charges.

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