A former cleaning employee from Imperial stole a diamond engagement ring from a 90-year-old woman that originally belonged to the woman's mother, St. Louis County Police say.
The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office issued warrants on Angela M. Wisecarver, 31, of the 3100 block of Quiet Forest in Imperial for one count of felony stealing. Bond has been set at $7,500.
St. Louis County officers responded July 26 to a theft in the 1200 block of Moncoeur Dr. in unincorporated St. Louis County just north of Creve Coeur.
The elderly woman reported that her deceased mother’s diamond engagement ring had been stolen out of her bedroom sometime July 24. The victim said she had been home that entire day, but that staff from her cleaning company had cleaned her home.
Police said the ring was valued at $5,000, but was invaluable to the owner.
An investigation, aided by Executive Cleaning Service, discovered that Wisecarver cleaned the residence and then immediately pawned the ring at a jewelry shop in Crestwood, police said. She was a new company employee.
“We don’t often have the chance to feel rewarded by our work,” said St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch. “This case definitely offered that opportunity. She was so happy when we returned that priceless ring back to her, and I know we were as well. Our officers and detectives did a fantastic job.”