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24th Jun, 2022

Cleaner who stole £10k of goods from homes and sold them on eBay jailed

Sarah Mason 18th Sep, 2018

A CLEANER has been jailed for stealing £10,000 worth of valuables from clients and selling them on Ebay.

Jean Hillman, of Yardley Road, Acocks Green, took jewellery, toys and clothes from homeowners who paid her to clean their properties.

But the 50-year-old was caught after one of her victims spotted their possessions on the online auction site and called police.

Birmingham Crown Court heard Hillman stole a gold pocket watch worth £1,000, a Mont Blanc pen set worth £845 and two pairs of Jimmy Choo shoes worth £1,200.

One victim was Helen O’Neill, who employed Hillman to clean her £900,000 home in Dorridge.

Hillman, who was friends with Mrs O’Neill and even babysat for her, took a diamond ring which her dad had given to her on her 18th birthday.

An ex-partner of Hillman also discovered his Royal Albert tea-set was missing when his daughter saw it for sale on eBay.

Hillman was jailed for two years after she admitted five charges of theft.

The court heard she worked for a company called Maid to Clean between August 2014 and July last year.

She also cleaned the properties of Mrs O’Neill’s neighbours after she was recommended by her.

But the court heard she betrayed their trust when she started rifling through their wardrobes and drawers for valuables to sell.

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