Maid sentenced in residential jewelry thefts Around Town, posted by Editor, The Almanac Online, on Apr 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm
Luz Maria Garcia, a maid for "The Maids" home cleaning service in Redwood City, was sentenced on March 29 to six months in county jail and ordered to pay nearly $33,000 in restitution in three jewelry thefts that occurred between December 2009 and June 2010, including one in Menlo Park and another in Atherton.
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Posted by gunste, a resident of the Portola Valley: Ladera neighborhood, on Apr 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm
Prosecution and conviction of theft by cleaning ladies is rare. In 2005 we were ripped off by an assistant to a long time cleaner. The sheriff's office was very prompt in taking a report, supplemented with photo images of most of the missing items. Despite being given a name of a possible suspect, we never got a response from the sheriff's office, despite repeated inquiries.
Property crime has usually been a very low priority item... unless one has influence?
Posted by R.Gordon, a resident of another community, on Apr 4, 2012 at 5:23 pm
A hefty fine for what sounds like costume jewelry in the evaluations.
I am sure Ms. Garcia's nationality had nothing to do with making an example out of her.
She got a bum rap and probably had inadequate legal representation.
This is not a good idea to make a woman of Mexican heritage, at this time, have to be made an example. Relations with the government are at an all time low and there will be a lot of residents of American nationality who live on prime beach property have something to think about. The richest billionaire in the world is in Mexico and he also is known not to take kindly to the treatment of legals and illegals who are still being employed by the rich for low wages.