- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) - Police say a Connecticut housekeeper who worked for a home for nearly two decades stole close to $400,000 worth of jewelry from her client.

Police say a Westport resident reported in May that large amounts of jewelry had been stolen from two safes. Investigators later determined 35 pieces total had been stolen from the safes and elsewhere in the house.

Police say 57-year-old Martha Lopez, of Norwalk, pawned at least 20 pieces of the jewelry between July 2012 and December 2014. They say she used safe codes taken from the homeowner’s day planner.

WVIT-TV reports Lopez was arraigned Tuesday and charged with larceny. She was unable to post a $150,000 bond and is due back in court on Oct. 5.

It was not clear if she had an attorney.

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