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A home health care aide is in jail, pending a preliminary hearing, after being charged with stealing jewelry valued at thousands of dollars from an elderly Dravosburg woman of whom she was taking care.
Tamika Hill, 31, of Monroeville was arrested Tuesday by McKeesport police on charges of theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and dealing in the proceeds of illegal activity.
Police said the total value of the missing items is nearly $36,000.
Court records indicate that Hill is being held in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bond pending a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. Thursday before Magisterial District Judge Richard D. Olasz Jr. in Dravosburg.
According to a criminal complaint by McKeesport police Detective Lt. Chris Halaszynski, police were contacted Aug. 3 by the daughter of a Scott Street couple who reported that many items of jewelry were missing from her mother's room.
The husband and wife are ages 91 and 92, police said.
Hill was a home health care aide assigned to the woman's mother, police said, who worked for a private, non-profit health care agency in Pittsburgh.
Police became suspicious when they learned that between May 23 and July 31, Hill made six trips to a gold dealer in Monroeville Mall, selling various items of jewelry for a total of $1,043.
The dealer provided police with photographs of the items that Hill sold to them, according to the criminal complaint. The daughter positively identified the items in the photos as belonging to her mother, police said, but she added that many pieces are still unaccounted for.
Missing items include a gold and diamond wedding ring, earrings, several necklaces, a Bulova watch, bracelets and a set of rosary beads from the Vatican, police said.
Police are continuing their investigation.
Court records indicate that Hill has also been charged by North Versailles Twp. police in connection with an Aug. 18 retail theft. She faces a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. Oct. 6 before Magisterial District Judge Roxanne Sakoian Eichler in North Versailles.
Originally published September 16, 2016.