SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

March 12, 2013

Police: Caretaker stole jewelry from paraplegic

By Dave Rogers
Staff Writer

---- — IPSWICH — A local house cleaner charged late last month with stealing silverware from Newburyport homes was arrested yesterday and charged with stealing three rings from a paraplegic Ipswich woman who hired her recently as her personal care assistant.

Mary Gilroy, 58, of 211 High St., rear, Newburyport, was arraigned yesterday in Newburyport District Court on one charge of receiving stolen property more than $250. On Feb. 28, Gilroy was summonsed for larceny after police say she stole thousands of dollars’ worth of silverware, platters and jewelry from a house she was cleaning.

Newburyport Inspector Michael Sugrue said Ipswich police contacted him yesterday about a jewelry theft that took place inside a handicapped woman’s house and was asked whether he knew of Gilroy. As a result of the phone conversation, a search warrant was issued yesterday to allow police access to her home.

“We put two and two together,” Sugrue said yesterday.

Sugrue, along with inspectors Matthew Simons, Charles Eaton and officer Charles Vorderis, searched the home and found jewelry that had been reported stolen to Ipswich police over the weekend.

“Without being asked, Mrs. Gilroy handed me three rings from her jacket pocket,” Sugrue wrote in his police report. “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.’”

An Ipswich police detective also at the scene confirmed that the three rings matched the descriptions of the rings reported missing by the Ipswich victim.

Newburyport police also confiscated two trays of miscellaneous jewelry and several necklaces from Gilroy’s bedroom. She was placed under arrest and brought back to the Green Street station for booking, according to Sugrue’s report.

At her arraignment yesterday, Judge Allen Swan ordered Gilroy held on $2,000 bail and to return for a pretrial hearing on April 8. As part of her bail conditions, Gilroy must stay away from her victim. Wearing a light blue winter jacket, blue jeans and running sneakers, an emotional Gilroy was seen being consoled by two family members who had minutes earlier posted her bail.

As a result of last month’s summons charge, police have received numerous phone calls from Rowley residents who believe they may have been victimized by Gilroy. In addition to advertising herself as a house cleaner, Gilroy also sought clients for her personal care assistant business, according to Sugrue.

Police are in the process of cataloging and identifying some of the items recovered from Gilroy’s residence with the hope of reuniting them with their rightful owners. Anyone with information regarding these items is encouraged to call the Newburyport Police Department at 978-462-4411.