Vero Beach Housekeeper Arrested After Stealing Jewelry

Housekeeper charged with grand theft in Vero Beach.
Housekeeper charged with grand theft in Vero Beach.

VERO BEACH – A housekeeper admitted to stealing several pieces of jewelry from a woman she was cleaning a house for, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.

Bonnie Rathbun, 36, was charged with Grand Theft, Felony Dealing in Stolen Property, and Felony Giving False Information to Pawn Broker.

Deputies responded to a call about a home burglary at the 500 block of Stanley Cay in Vero Beach. There, the homeowner said the following items were missing:

  • Ladies Gold Anniversary Ring with 19 Marquis Diamonds valued at $3,000
  • Ladies Gold Anniversary Ring with 7 Marquis Diamonds valued at $3,000
  • Men’s Gold Wedding Band with 4 Diamonds valued at $500

The homeowner said she was also missing a two-tone wedding band that she’s had for 49 years but was unsure of its value today. She was also missing several gold necklaces.

Detectives were told that the jewelry went missing after Rathbun cleaned the home. She said she pays Rathbun $15 per hour.

Rathbun’s name came up during a pawn check at Oslo Second Chance Pawn Shop located at 945 19th Avenue. There, she pawned several items that matched the description of the missing jewelry.

While Rathbun was questioned, she admitted to stealing all the jewelry. She was paid $125.

Rathbun said she needed the money to find a place to live because she didn’t want to stay at her boyfriend’s place anymore.

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She also admitted to stealing three rings owned by the victim, and those were pawned at Treasure Coast Jewelers Pawn Shop under a friend’s name. Rathbun admitted were paid $275, and they split the money.

Rathbun was transported to the Indian River County Jail where she is being held on $9,000 bond.

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About Jennifer Balakrishnan
Jennifer Balakrishnan lives in Vero Beach, Florida. She moved to Indian River County when she was 6-years-old. Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree at Florida State University. She writes our crime stories and is one of our food/restaurant critics.