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Cops: Housekeeper cleaned out jewels from Long Island house

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A housekeeper from Hempstead was arraigned Wednesday on felony grand larceny charges after cops said she cleaned out more than $35,000 in jewelry from a Rockville Centre home where she worked, Nassau County police said in announcing her arrest.

Taquasia Shepherd, 26, was arraigned Dec. 18 after being charged with third-degree grand larceny, a felony. Online court records show Shepherd was ordered held on $5,000 cash bail or bond. If convicted, she could face up to seven years in state prison.

Detectives allege Shepherd “systematically removed” approximately $35,000 in jewelry from the home on Milburn Street in Rockville Centre. Police said she had been working for about 10 months as a house cleaner for the victims, before the theft was discovered.

In a news release, police said Shepherd was hired by the victims last January and stopped working for them last month. It was unclear if she left voluntarily or was fired.

First Squad detectives arrested her Tuesday night in Rockville Centre at the precinct in Baldwin.

She appeared Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead for arraignment and was being held, as of press time, in lieu of bail. Shepherd is due back in court on Friday.



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