SOUTHINGTON - A local woman faces a felony charge for allegedly stealing from a disabled man, taking nearly $20,000 worth of jewelry that had belonged to his late wife.
Kelly Krajewski, 32, of 40 Visconti Ave., allegedly took the items while working for the victim to assist in his everyday needs, as he must use a wheelchair, according to court documents.
The victim, 77, contacted police in August to report he was missing a diamond ring, worth $15,000, a gold charm bracelet, worth $4,000, and a $200 gold bracelet. The jewelry had belonged to his late wife, police were told.
The complainant told police he had hired Krajewski about three months prior, following a recommendation from a woman who he paid to clean his home, court papers said. The man said Krajewski had access to his entire home and, at times, was not supervised because he could not make it up and down the stairs, according to court documents.
When police spoke to Krajewski, she admitted to stealing the three pieces of jewelry, collectively worth $19,200, according to court papers. She told police she had sold them to a pawn shop and was attempting to get them back, court papers continued.
Police said they could not find any evidence confirming the items were pawned.
Krajewski turned herself in last week and was charged with one felony count of second-degree larceny. She is free on a promise to appear and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court on Nov. 20.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or email@example.com.