Brookfield woman allegedly stole $45,000 in jewelry from friend's house

April 16, 2013

A Brookfield woman could face burglary charges after allegedly taking $45,000 to $50,000 worth of jewelry while visiting a family friend's house last week.

According to the Brookfield police report:

The woman, who is not being named because she has not yet been charged, was visiting a friend's home in the 16000 block of Willow Ridge Lane on April 9.

The homeowner said that during the visit, the woman kept excusing herself to use the restroom.

After the woman left, the homeowner found her jewelry was missing and immediately called police, suspecting that her guest had taken the jewelry.

The woman was arrested April 10.

Police would not provide further details about the incident, but said the case had been referred to the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office for possible charges.

Court records show that the woman was sentenced to 15 months in prison after being convicted of public assistance fraud in 2004.

The woman received more than $17,000 in welfare benefits from 2002-04 after forging documents from a doctor stating she was being treated for pancreatic cancer and was unable to work.

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