Florida authorities have arrested a woman who allegedly pretended to be a utility company along with a male accomplice to steal $25,000 in jewelry from the home of an 81-year-old widow
Police in Miramar last week arrested Rachel Demitro, 49, on charges of breaking and entering and grand theft of a person 65 years of age or older.
Demitro is also facing additional counts of theft by a person 65 or older, unarmed burglary and contributing to a child’s crime as a result of another robbery, with officials saying she and her suspected accomplice in that crime, the 58 year-old Bob Ely, robbed an elderly couple in Margate on July 15.
Diane Reeves, 81, is pictured talking to a burglary suspect posing as an employee of an energy company at her home in Miramar, Florida, on June 25
In the video, the male suspect says he needs Reeves to follow him outside so he can show her the new location of her water meter
Reeves, a widow, told the suspect he looked ‘scary’, but ultimately followed him
Ely has been arrested on charges of the Margate burglary, but he has not yet been formally named as a suspect in the Miramar crime.
Rachael Demitro, 49, is suspected of entering Reeves’ home and stealing $25,000 worth of jewelry from the woman
On June 25, a man who claimed to work for Florida Power & Light knocked on Diane Reeves’ door and asked her to go into the backyard with him, as seen on video recorded by the victim’s doorbell camera.
He wanted to show her where they would take her water meter.
Reeves seems tired at first and says to the fake worker, “You look a little scary in those sunglasses and hat.”
The unknown thief laughs and removes his accessories to put Reeves at ease, asking her, “Is that better?”
She went into the backyard but began to wonder why they moved the meter further from her home, police said.
The male suspect told the homeowner to wait and send his partner to talk to her.
Demitro then showed up, spoke to Reeves, and again asked her to wait in the yard. After 10 minutes, Reeves went back to the house and realized she had been robbed.
The stolen items include a charm bracelet Reeves’ mother gave her in 1961, her wedding ring, and a pocket watch Reeves bought for her late husband. The watch has an inscription that reads “Chuck loves Diane,” Miramar police said. Orlando Sentinel.
Reeves said the thieves got away with her engagement ring and wedding band, along with a charm bracelet Reeves’ mother gave her in 1961.
“I have no hatred in my heart,” Reeves said Local10 prior to Demitro’s arrest, ‘but I’d like to see these people stop’
On July 15, Demitro and Ely were arrested by Broward County detectives after the couple allegedly robbed some money and jewelry from Margate.
According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, the couple parked in a homeowner’s driveway and Demitro asked the man to follow her to his backyard, claiming to survey the area for future yard work to be done by a neighbor.
Bob Ely, 58, has been charged with burglary and theft as a result of another theft that took place on July 15, but he has not yet been named as a suspect in the Miramar incident
“The homeowner told detectives it was very hot outside, and he kept trying to get back inside,” the press release said. “However, the woman continued to distract him with conversations.”
When Demitro left, the homeowner discovered that money had been stolen from his safe and that a wooden jewelry box containing all of his wife’s jewelry had been stolen.
The sheriff’s detectives who had been monitoring Demitro and Ely in connection with a series of diversionary break-ins in the South Florida area followed their silver SUV and detained them.
Inside the vehicle, detectives found the stolen wooden jewelry box. They found all valuables, some of which were carried by Demitro, and returned it to the victims, according to the sheriff’s office.
Authorities noted that a child was in the couple’s SUV during the robbery.
Demitro and Ely remained in Broward County jail Monday after their bonds were set at $22,000 and $35,000, respectively.