OKLAHOMA – Oklahoma County deputies have recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars in jewelry which was stolen from a metro home.
The woman accused of taking the items is now behind bars, but it’s where she put the jewelry that has deputies scratching their heads.
While she did pawn or sell a few of the items, deputies say the rest were buried in her back yard.
Mark Myers, with the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, said, “You’re talking about hundreds of thousands of dollars in jewelry stolen.”
Earrings, necklaces and rings, including a more than 6-carat yellow diamond, were all taken while the owners were out-of-town.
Oklahoma County deputies believe the suspect, Gerarda DeLoera, also known as Maria Rosario, had access to the jewels because she was the family’s house cleaner.
Myers said, “When you steal this much jewelry you gotta put it somewhere.”
Deputies say she buried most of this treasure in the backyard of her Northwest Oklahoma City home.
Myers said, “I guess in her mind she was putting it underground so no one else would find it.”
We went to the suspect’s home but no one answered the door.
Fred Ragland, the suspect’s neighbor, said, “They’re the nicest people we would ever want to meet.”
Neighbors couldn’t believe what happened.
Fred said, “I’m very surprised. I can’t imagine them being in on anything like that.”
The suspect has been arrested on several counts of grand larceny.
Deputies have recovered all 29 items which were missing and returned them to the family.
Myers said, “Being able to get it back in less than two weeks, that’s just great detective work by our deputies.”
Deputies say the family had noticed five other valuable items missing over the past two years. Those were never reported to authorities because they just assumed they had been misplaced. Deputies have not recovered those items.