By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police arrested a woman last week who had been hired by Stuyvesant Town residents as a babysitter for allegedly stealing jewelry from their apartments.
Police said that 29-year-old Simone Spencer had been hired by two different families in Stuyvesant Town and the victims noticed that items, including thousands of dollars’ worth of jewelry, had gone missing from the apartment during the period that she worked for them.
One of the victims told police that Spencer started working for her family as a babysitter last March. She said that she was certain specific pieces of jewelry were still in her apartment in August, but she noticed on January 14 of this year that a number of items had gone missing, including a Louis Vuitton wallet, a Cartier watch worth $5,240 and an 18-karat gold and diamond ring valued at $6,500, as well as a Tiffany & Co. gift card. She told police that the only people that had access to her apartment during this period were her husband, her two small children and Spencer.
According to the district attorney’s office, the gift card was found in Spencer’s purse and the victim confirmed that it belonged to her and Spencer did not have permission to take it.
The district attorney’s office also reported that an online system pawn shops use to track information of people who pawn items identified Spencer as a customer who had pawned four items belonging to the victim on October 7, 2017 and November 3, 2017. The victim confirmed through photographs that the items Spencer pawned belong to her.
The same victim told police that she spoke with four of her friends who had also hired Spencer and discovered that they noticed items missing from their homes as well, although Spencer was only charged in connection with two thefts.
Police only had specific information about one of the thefts but Spencer allegedly stole items from two different families. Police said that the two buildings where Spencer had been working and allegedly stole from were both on East 20th Street near the Loop Road.
Spencer, who was arrested last Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. inside the 13th precinct, was charged with two counts of grand larceny and two counts of possession of stolen property.
A representative for StuyTown Property Services did not respond to a request for comment on the incidents. Spencer’s lawyer did not respond to a request to comment before Town & Village’s press time.