WEST ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOV.com) – A West County woman is warning others after police said her housekeeper stole thousands of dollars from her.
Police said they recently arrested Holly Copeland, who worked for Cindy Baker for more than a decade.
“I couldn’t see it. I didn’t see it coming, I didn’t see it happening,” said Baker. “She was a very good friend.”
But their relationship and working relationship came to an abrupt end earlier this year when Baker says she discovered that Copeland had been stealing from her. She says it all happened over the course of two weeks.
Ballwin police say Copeland stole credit cards, gift cards and cash worth a value of more than $4,000.
Baker said she had to see photos of Copeland using her credit card for her to come to terms with the harsh reality.
"When she left here she went and spent $700 at Kohl's down the street. Who does that? Why? How? How do you do that to somebody who's always been there?” Baker said.
Ballwin police say Copeland used Baker’s credit card at Kohl’s, Schnucks, Walmart and other stores.
She said she had spoken to at least four other victims and that’s why she decided to come forward.
Ballwin police are asking anyone with more information or anyone who thinks they may have been a victim to call them.
They also recommend seeking referrals and doing research before you hire someone. Check if that person has any complaints or criminal issues and set up a trial period.