Maid jailed eight months for stealing $25,000 worth of jewellery from employer

A maid was jailed for eight months on Monday for stealing more than $25,000 worth of jewellery from her employer.

Leonora Lagaban Sarmiento, 38, who faced 11 charges, pleaded guilty to three counts of jewellery theft from 65-year-old Madam Goh Lee Lee at her home near Sixth Avenue between Nov 26 last year and Jan 3 this year.

The Filipino entered the victim's daughter's bedroom between Dec 28 and 29 and stole 15 items from the jewellery box.

She pawned them for $5,300 at Moneymax Pawnshop in Commonwealth Avenue West and kept the proceeds.

Between Jan 2 and 3, she again stole from Madam Goh's daughter and pawned the stolen bangle with stones for $3,500 at a pawnshop in Lucky Plaza, Orchard Road.

Earlier between Nov 25 and 27, Sarmiento removed two bracelets from the daughter's jewellery box. These were pawned for $3,700 at a Holland Drive pawnshop.

After having redeemed the items, Madam Goh took the maid to Kampong Java Neighbourhood Police Centre and lodged a report on Jan 4.

Eight other similar charges were taken into consideration.

Sarmiento could have been jailed for up to seven years and fined on each charge.