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In November, five Evanston families, three of whom were related, filed theft reports regarding a substantial amount of coins and jewelry missing from their respective homes. As police investigated the thefts, they found that all five families employed the same independent cleaning lady, said Commander Tom Guenther, public information officer of the Evanston Police Department.

Evanston police determined that the cleaning lady had two outstanding theft warrants, and that the goods stolen from the five families had been sold at area suburban pawnshops, said the Commander. Detectives were able to recover some of the coins and jewelry. The estimated value of the stolen property is in the ten thousands of dollars.

The States Attorneys Office approved five counts of felony theft against the cleaning lady, a resident of Des Plaines, said Commander Guenther.