Two women face four felony counts of theft and relate charges after police say they stole jewelry from a Warminster woman who hired them to babysit and sold it to area cash for gold businesses.
Amanda Leary, 27, of Huntingdon Valley, and Sandra Fitten, 26, of Warminster, were arrested and released on $5,000 unsecured bail on Aug. 13, according to court records.
According to the criminal complaint, Leary had been babysitting at the victim's home three days a week since June 25. Fitten accompanied Leary each day, arriving at 7:25 a.m. and leaving at 5 p.m.
The victim noticed that jewelry, mostly rings, had been missing from a jewelry box kept on top of an armoire in her second floor bedroom, police say. The criminal complaint says that victim confronted Leary, who later admitted to police that she took the jewelry and sold it to local gold dealers to support her addiction to painkillers. Police say that Fitten also admitted to assisting Leary with selling the jewelry and driving her to the gold dealers.
Police say they gathered receipts from several cash for gold dealers in Warminster, Warrington and Horsham totaling $797, paid out to either Leary or Fitten. The victim estimated the value of the jewelry stolen at $13,994, according to police.