A Tucson man working for a house cleaning service is suspected of stealing nearly $50,000 in jewelry from clients.
Robert Gilson, 28, was arrested May 14 by Pinal County sheriff's deputies in connection with a string of thefts in the SaddleBrooke area, said Tamra Ingersoll, spokeswoman for the office.
The suspect was an employee of Maid2Clean and was contracted by homeowners. Investigators suspect he stole jewelry while he was cleaning homes, then sold it at Tucson pawn shops.
"Detectives learned Gilson had made 46 jewelry sales to Catalina Pawn Shop in Tucson between mid-February through April," Ingersoll said. "A search of other nearby pawn shops also revealed additional sales made by Gilson."
Detectives tied Gilson to burglaries at four homes in which he was suspected of stealing almost $47,000 in jewelry. Investigators recovered almost $32,000, Ingersoll said. However, when Gilson was arrested, he told deputies he had stolen and pawned 76 jewelry pieces from eight homes. Investigators are tracking down other victims.
"Pawn shop owners said Gilson came in with a story that a recent wealthy family member died and he had inherited the jewelry," Ingersoll said.
Gilson lived with his girlfriend who also worked for Maid2Clean.
"Gilson claimed that he did the thefts out of financial desperation," Ingersoll said. However, his girlfriend said he had recently purchased marijuana, among other things, with the cash. He was in possession of marijuana when arrested.
Gilson was booked into the Pinal County jail on seven counts of theft, seven counts of trafficking in stolen property, one count of possession of marijuana and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.