Housekeeper stole $30K in jewelry from Windermere home, police say

Shannon Hutchens, 34, arrested, booked Tuesday

WINDERMERE, Fla. – A former housekeeper who is accused of stealing more than $30,000 worth of jewelry and other items was arrested Tuesday night, according to Windermere police.

Investigators said 34-year-old Shannon Hutchens stole the items from a home where she worked between late August and Oct. 1. 

"I hope that she gets caught, and I hope that I get my things back," said the victim, who wanted to remain anonymous. 

According to the homeowner, she began to notice jewelry missing from her master bedroom during the month of September. She told police she started to suspect the jewelry was stolen after she placed one item in a specific location and it wasn't there a few days later.

According to police, the jewelry stolen includes:

  • Diamond tennis bracelet valued at $10,000
  • Gold serpent-shaped bracelet valued at $1,000
  • Diamond-encrusted silver pendant on silver chain
  • Diamond-encrusted teardrop earrings
  • Diamond-encrusted ring
  • Wallet with multiple gift cards totaling $300
  • Foreign coins and bills kept in Ziploc bag

Windermere police Chief David Ogden posted a picture of items suspected of being stolen on Facebook.

The victim said before calling police, she confronted Hutchens about the missing items. 

"When we confronted her, she admitted that she had taken some things," the victim said. 

The victim said Hutchens then brought her back some jewelry, but it wasn’t hers. She said she brought back a few of her daughter's stolen earrings and the rest came from somewhere else. 

Windermere police said it's possible she may have stolen the jewelry from another home or from somewhere else. 

The homeowner told police she hired Hutchens through Care.com, a website that specializes in providing services including housekeeping, child care and senior care.

Windermere police posted on social media that Hutchens was arrested Tuesday evening in Apopka. Online jail records show she was booked just before 10 p.m. She posted bail and was released early Wednesday.

Anyone with information on the jewelry theft is asked to call Windermere police at 407-909-5306 or email Detective John Allen at jallen@town.windermere.fl.us. Tipsters can also contact Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).

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