SOUTHINGTON - A Waterbury woman has been accused of stealing jewelry from an elderly couple when she was working in their Southington home as a health aide.
Veronica Gonzalez, 39, is facing one count of second-degree larceny of a person over 60, blind or disabled person.
Police allege she stole a necklace, made of white gold, with an opal pendant attached to it, according to the arrest warrant in the case. The owner, an 84-year-old man, said he wasn’t sure how much it was worth, but he estimated that it could cost as much as $5,000.
The complainant told police Gonzalez was assigned to his home through a homecare service to help him and his wife, 91, around the house. After her first day on the job, on Jan. 24, the man noticed a necklace had been taken.
A representative from the homecare company told police Gonzalez failed to show up to work in the days after the theft.
When police spoke to Gonzalez, she admitted to taking the necklace, but she initially said she believed it was only costume jewelry, the warrant said. She later admitted she believed it may have been worth something, which is why she sold the necklace to a Waterbury pawn shop, the document continued.
Gonzalez said she felt bad about the theft, so she decided not to sell the pendant, which she believed was a unique piece, police wrote in the warrant. She agreed to return the pendant and buy back the necklace from the pawn shop.
Police retrieved the pendant from Gonzalez and returned it to the elderly couple on Jan. 27. The husband told officers he would not press charges if the necklace was returned.
Investigators made arrangements for Gonzalez to return the necklace, but she allegedly ignored several calls made by police when it was time to do so, the warrant said. Additionally, police contacted the pawn shop where Gonzalez said she sold the necklace, and an employee there said they had no record of her pawning any items.
Gonzalez was arrested earlier this month and appeared before a judge in Bristol Superior Court this week. Her case has been continued to April 12. She has not entered a plea.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.