Housekeeper charged with stealing more than $80,000 in goods from clients

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 21 at 4:20 PM

(KMOV) – A St. Louis woman who worked as a housekeeper is accused of stealing more than $80,000 in property from at least 13 clients over a six-month period last year.

Tina Cuidon, 36, was charged March 11 with 13 counts of stealing over $500.

According to court documents, a burglary detective had been monitoring sales at gold-buyers’ shops in the St. Louis-area when he noticed a large amount of sales were being made by a woman.

Police approached the woman, who told them she had been given the products from Cuidon, her aunt.

Authorities investigated and learned Cuidon worked as a housekeeper for numerous homes in the St. Louis area. The investigation revealed 13 homes that reported having items stolen between May 15, 2013 and Nov. 17, 2013 were all houses where Cuidon had worked.

Victims identified most of the stolen items, which consisted of mostly jewelry, in photographs taken at several gold-buyers’ shops.

Police say officers arrested Cuidon, who later confessed she and a co-worker had stolen the property from the homes over a several-month period.

She also told officers she had pooled the stolen items, and then either sold them herself or gave them to her niece to sell.

The stolen products were estimated to worth more than $80,250.

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