NEWBURYPORT— Mary Gilroy, a local cleaning lady accused of stealing jewelry from her clients, including a paraplegic woman living in Ipswich, pleaded guilty to numerous larceny charges yesterday and will spend the next nine months in jail.
The High Street resident was originally sentenced to two years in jail, but Newburyport District Court Judge Peter Doyle suspended all but nine months while Gilroy, 59, remains on probation.
As part of her plea deal, Gilroy must stay away and have no contact with her victims and pay $90 to the court’s Victim-Witness Fund.
Gilroy was arrested in early March and eventually charged with one count of larceny over $250 from a person over 60 or disabled; two counts of larceny over $250 by single scheme and two counts of receiving stolen property over $250.
According to local police, Gilroy stole thousands of dollars worth of silverware, platters and jewelry from a local house she was cleaning and three rings from a disabled Ipswich woman who had hired her as her personal-care assistant.
In March, Newburyport Inspector Michael Sugrue said Ipswich police contacted him about a jewelry theft that took place inside a handicapped woman’s house, and they asked whether he knew of Gilroy. As a result of the phone conversation, a search warrant was issued to allow police access to her home.
Sugrue, along with inspectors Matthew Simons, Charles Eaton and officer Charles Vorderis, searched the home and found jewelry that had been reported stolen.
“Without being asked, Mrs. Gilroy handed me three rings from her jacket pocket. I asked why she was giving me the rings; she told me they were from Ipswich. I asked Mrs. Gilroy if the rings were stolen, she told me, ‘Yes,’ ” Sugrue wrote in his police report.
An Ipswich police detective also at the scene confirmed the three rings matched the descriptions of the rings reported missing by the Ipswich victim.
Police also confiscated two trays of miscellaneous jewelry and several necklaces from her bedroom.
Gilroy was placed under arrest and taken to the Green Street station for booking, according to Sugrue’s report.
In addition to advertising herself as a house cleaner, Gilroy also sought clients for her personal-care assistant business, according to Sugrue.