Posted on 21st Feb 2012 @ 11:05 AM
After a brief investigation using hidden cameras and planted jewelry, a maid has been arrested for the theft of money and the planted jewelry, according to the official statement released by the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office.
23 year old Liliana Calzadillas-Gonzalez is facing accusations of theft of a range of items, from cash to jewelry from a few of the homes in which she has found employment.
There were at least five homes burglarized in this string of thefts. In the initial investigation, the investigating officers of the sheriff's office noticed that the five homes who had come forth with reports of burglary used the same cleaning service for their homes, indicating that this was the work of an employee or employees of that business.
On February 10, investigators decided to take their suspicions to the next level by planting hidden cameras in the home of one victim who was scheduled to have their house cleaned again by the same cleaning service. In addition to the placement and installation of the hidden cameras, investigators also planted some phony bait jewelry in an attempt to lure the thief into stealing something. A Surveillance team was also stationed nearby to monitor the premises and cameras.
According to the surveillance team footage captured by the cameras, Calzadillas-Gonzalez arrived at the home around 7:30am, as scheduled, to begin cleaning it. The detectives say that Calzadillas-Gonzalez remained at the home for approximately five hours.
At approximately 12:30 P.M., Calzadillas-Gonzalez left the home and was immediately pulled over for a minor traffic violation.
The investigators looked through the digital images which were captured by the hidden cameras. It was upon the review of this footage that investigators saw that the bait jewelry had been stolen and that the person responsible was Calzadillas-Gonzalez, according to the statement released by the sheriff's office.
Upon a search of Gonzalez’s vehicle, investigators found several jewelry items, including some of the bait jewelry and jewelry that was later identified as being under the ownership of the homeowner.
Calzadillas-Gonzalez was immediately taken in to custody without any kind of resistance.
At this moment, Calzadillas-Gonzalez is being held at the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office Detentions Facility. The bond for her release has been set at $6,000.
According to the official court documents, Gonzalez faces the charge of felony theft. In addition to the theft charges, Gonzalez also faces three traffic violations: no turn signal/improper signal given, no proof of insurance and driving without a valid driver’s license.
Felony theft is considered a class four crime, which, if convicted, could be punishable by a fine ranging from $2,000 to $500,000, as well as a possible imprisonment in the Colorado Department of Corrections from two to eight years, with a mandatory three-year parole.
In the official background check for Calzadillas-Gonzalez, it’s stated that she worked for her aunt in a private cleaning service not connected to a national franchise. It's not known how long she had been employed.
Anyone who may have also been victimized in a similar manner is requested to contact the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division at 720-874-4057.