A visiting caregiver stole more than a half-million dollars worth of jewelry from a Fairview Township woman, according to police.
Tammi L. Alabdulla, 45, of Winslow Apartments in Elizabethtown, Lancaster County, remains in York County Prison on $150,000 bail, charged with the third-degree felonies of theft and receiving stolen property.
Police were called to a home on Pinetown Road on May 26, where the couple that lives there told officers that someone stole numerous pieces of unique, high-quality jewelry from the house between April and May, according to Fairview Township Detective Jarrett Boyles.
The missing jewelry is valued at more than $500,000, he said.
Pawned: Boyles said his investigation led him to a pawn shop in Grantville, Dauphin County, that's located about a quarter-mile from Hollywood Casino.
"I have security videos from the pawn shop of her selling the jewelry over a two-month period," he said. "We got some of the jewelry back, but the rest of it had been sold for scrap metal. ... I would say we got about $50,000 of it back, but the majority of it was gone."
What wasn't recovered was melted down for scrap metal, Boyles said, and included necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings that were gold or platinum and had diamonds, rubies and other precious gemstones. It was custom-made, he said.
Paid $12K: Alabdulla was paid a little more than $12,000 for the jewelry she pawned, according to Boyles.
She was the home caregiver for the woman whose jewelry was stolen, Boyles said.
Alabdulla was not with a home-care agency and worked as an independent contractor, he said.
"The sad part is, the homeowners have a security system," he said, but were taken advantage of by one of the few people they let inside.
Boyles filed charges against Alabdulla on Tuesday, court records state. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 23 before District Judge Scott Gross.
It is unclear whether she has retained an attorney.
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