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Memorial housekeepers accused of stealing $500,000 in jewelry, felt couple trusted them too much

Busted! Memorial housekeepers accused of stealing $500,000 in jewelry

Housekeepers steal $500K of jewelry
Sylvia Cordova, 43, and Rebecca Castaneda, 33, are charged with felony theft for stealing from a couple at an assisted living facility where they were housekeepers. KHOU Channel 11 News

Two Houston housekeepers are accused of stealing more than $500,000 worth of jewelry from a couple at a Memorial-area assisted living facility.

Thirty-three-year-old Rebecca Castaneda, who worked for the victims since 2006, is now charged with felony theft.

Police tell KHOU that Castaneda relinquished two bags of jewelry when confronted with her crime, but most of the items she stole had already been pawned or melted down.

Criminal records show police linked 48 different pawn slips to Castaneda's friend, who was also a housekeeper.

Castaneda reportedly had problems pawning all the jewelry herself as she didn't have a valid ID, so she used a friend to facilitate selling the pieces.

Criminal records show police linked 48 different pawn slips to Castaneda's friend, 43-year-old Sylvia Cordova, who was also a housekeeper at The Forum at Memorial Woods where the victims live.

Cordova was caught going into the victims' apartment on surveillance video in November. She is also charged with felony theft.

Police were able to recover several of the stolen items from pawn shops and have returned them to the victims.

Police say Cordova believed Castaneda thought she would never be caught since she had worked for the couple for so long and felt that they trusted her, according to reports.

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