Monday, October 6, 2008

Maid steals 40k ring sells it for $140. Gets ticket.

People ask why i promote criminal background checks, this news story is exactly why.

This is the kind of story that always makes me shake my head at the state of affairs in the world today. People have been stealing for as long as there have been people but some stories just stand out.

"A 19-year-old cleaning woman has been charged with stealing a $42,000 diamond ring from a client's home in the village of Oconomowoc Lake and selling it to a Brookfield jewelry store for $140.

Jennifer R. Douglas, of Hartland, was issued a municipal citation for theft, Oconomowoc Lake Police Chief Don Wiemer said. Douglas, a former employee of home-cleaning service Merry Maids, is scheduled to appear in Lake Country Municipal Court in Oconomowoc.

The theft was reported Aug. 12, Wiemer said. The ring, a family heirloom, has diamonds in a platinum setting.

In Oconomowoc Lake, Douglas told police under questioning that the ring was sold to the Brookfield jewelry store. Police recovered the ring the day before the store was going sell it or have it refashioned elsewhere, Wiemer said.

Dave Leppin, owner of the Oconomowoc-area branch of Merry Maids, said his business fully cooperated with the police investigation.

"We encourage our customers to call police if they suspect anything was taken or is missing," Leppin said."

A very similar event is what got me into background checks in the first place. You probably wonder how can a maid steal a 40 thousand dollar and only get a ticket? The answer is simple, the same as it was in my situation, proof. There is virtually no way to prove that the maid is the one who lifted the valuable merchandise. The best you can hope for is recovering the stolen item or items. The police are very straight forward in telling you this fact after the fact but very few people know before hand. It just goes to show that knowing and proving are totally different things under the law.

Since then i perform background checks on just about anyone allowed into my home or business to catch dishonest people before they follow their character. I feel the small cost is more than worth it. What about you?

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