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North Attleboro woman accused in $10,000 jewel theft during Plainville open house

PLAINVILLE - A woman who allegedly posed as a home buyer and stole $10,000 worth of jewelry during an open house was arrested by police Monday.

Millene Wilmarth, 32, of North Attleboro, was taken into custody after allegedly trying to sell the valuables at a local jewelry shop, said police Detective James Floyd.

Workers called police when they became suspicious that the items were stolen.

Floyd said the alleged theft occurred on Aug. 10, but the home owners didn't discover that the jewelry was missing for about a week.

Wilmarth was charged with receiving stolen property, breaking and entering and larceny over $250 by single scheme. She was being held on $25,000 bail at the Plainville police station Monday night and is due to be arraigned in Wrentham District Court today, Floyd said.

Floyd credited the real estate agent and the jewelry store for making the arrest possible.

He said the real estate agent who works for ReMax was suspicious of Wilmarth because of the questions she asked and because she repeatedly went into the bedroom areas. She went to police after home owners discovered their jewelry was gone.

The real estate agent had taken note of Wilmarth's appearance and the car she was driving, Floyd said.

"She definitely played a heads up ball game here," Floyd said of the real estate agent, who he did not identify.

Wilmarth used a false name and address at the open house, Floyd said.

Meanwhile, Ledor Jewelry on Route 1, along with other area shops, had been alerted by police to be on the look out for the stolen property and it paid off, Floyd said.

"Ledor played a significant role," he said. "If they didn't call it would have been a lot more difficult to get her."

Floyd said an arrest warrant was issued for Wilmarth in Attleboro for similar charges and that she's under investigation in North Attleboro.

Wilmarth was arrested about four years ago for a similar scheme. Floyd alleged she has taken jewelry after entering homes as a cleaner, a home health aid and a real estate agent. Detective Rich Campion of Attleboro and Detective Mike Elliot of North Attleboro are also working on the case.

He said area residents who have had someone in their homes recently should check their jewelry to make sure its all there.

http://www.thesunchronicle.com/articles/2008/08/26/news/3581600.txt
 
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