House cleaner arrested for Athens jewelry theft

By Joe Johnson


Emily Alexandra Thomas

A Madison County woman was arrested this week for allegedly stealing jewelry from a home in west Athens when she was employed by a house-cleaning service.

Emily Alexandra Thomas, 26, of Comer was arrested on warrants charging her with21 counts of theft, according to the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office.

The warrants were obtained by Athens-Clarke County police following an investigation of a 67-year-old West Cloverhurst Avenue woman’s complaint in November that several pieces of jewelry had gone missing over the previous three months from her home on West Cloverhurst Avenue.

The jewelry, which had a total value of $1,750, included a diamond necklace, an antique coral and pearl pendant and an antique gold pocket watch, police said.

The woman told police that she saw some of the missing jewelry at a Lexington Road pawn shop and that she suspected that Thomas had stolen them.

Thomas at the time was working for Scrub Brush Cleaning in Hull, according to police.

Police subsequently obtained warrants charging Thomas with two felony and two misdemeanor counts of theft by taking, and 17 misdemeanor counts of theft by deception.

Thomas was arrested by sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday.

As of Wednesday afternoon, she was being held at the Clarke County Jail in lieu of a $33,500 bond, according to the jail’s website.

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