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Police: Housekeeper stole jewelry from two clients

Homeowners urged to check for any missing property, notify police

— An area housekeeper allegedly stole jewelry from two clients and police are urging anyone who employed the woman to check if any of their property is missing.

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Lisa Ann Duff

Albany County District Attorney David Soares on Tuesday, April 8, issued a statement alerting residents to the arrest of Lisa Ann Duff, 51, of Albany, on charges of grand larceny. Duff allegedly stole from clients in the Town of Guilderland and the City of Albany, according to police.

Guilderland police arrested Duff on Thursday, March 20, and charged her with grand larceny in the third degree, a felony. She allegedly stole jewelry from a town resident that employed her as a housekeeper.

Albany police then arrested Duff on Wednesday, April 2, and also charged her with grand larceny in the third degree. She allegedly stole jewelry from another client in Albany.

The county District Attorney’s Office Major Crimes Unit is continuing to investigate both cases.

Police urged anyone that employed Duff as a housekeeper to audit their personal property and report any discrepancies to local police. The Guilderland Police Department can be reached at 356-1501, and the Albany Police Department Detectives Unit at 462-8039.

The county District Attorney’s Office offered tips for people allowing others to access their home and personal property:

  • Lock all valuables in a safe or strong box.
  • Carefully screen potential employees and report suspicious activity immediately.
  • If banking or personal identification is missing, carefully check your bank statements and immediately report suspicious activity.
  • Run an annual credit report and review for accuracy.
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