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Pleads guilty to stealing over $15,000 worth of jewelry Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:00

On Monday,  November 11th, Desiree Mejia, 51, a domestic of #182 East Collet Canal, was sentenced to two year in prison after pleading guilty to stealing over $15,000 worth of jewelry, watches and a Black Berry cell phone, the properties of Lisa Johnson, a trauma surgeon of the city.

Johnson had reported to police that between July 10, 2013 and September 15, 2013, a peach colored Sachel brand purse containing an assortment of jewelry, name brand wrist watches, and a Black Berry cell phone went missing from her house, the items estimated to be valued at $15,520.

Police launched an investigation into the matter, which led them to detain Mejia who was a domestic worker for Johnson. Mejia allegedly confessed to police that she stole the items and on November 8, 2013, police were able to recover one gold ring with a sapphire stone from JL’s Pawn Shop. The following day, November 9, police then recovered some of the stolen jewelry and the cell phone from one of Mejia’s daughters, Keosha Trapp.

Later that same day, another amount of the stolen jewelry was recovered from Therese Clother.

In a tearful mitigation plea, Mejia told the court she did not know what came over her that day and that it was the first time she committed a crime like this. She also told the court that she has her children to look after because they don’t have a father to care for them.

Mejia, a mother of 7 children with the youngest being 13, was then told by Magistrate Clive Lino “You have breached the trust of your employer”. He then sentenced her to two years in prison for her crime.