- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

TANNSERSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A police officer’s former maid is facing trial on charges she stole $7,000 worth of jewelry from his northeastern Pennsylvania home, and several more homes since.

WNEP-TV (https://bit.ly/1KuGKSb) reports that Pocono Mountain Regional Police first charged 42-year-old Nancy Rivera in May with theft and receiving stolen property. That was for taking the items from one of their officers in February.

But since then, police have charged Rivera with stealing from more than a dozen homes.

Court papers show Rivera has acknowledged the thefts, telling police “times were tough.” She allegedly pawned the jewels for cash.

Rivera no longer works for Merry Maids, the Saylorsburg company that placed her in the homes.

Rivera’s attorney says she’s remorseful and trying to make up for her crimes.

She waived preliminary hearings on Tuesday and must now stand trial.

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Information from: WNEP-TV, https://www.wnep.com

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