Housekeeper claims stolen jewelry was ‘sucked up in her vacuum,’ documents say

A housekeeper accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry reportedly told investigators the items were sucked up by her vacuum.
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A housekeeper accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from Lincoln homes told investigators the items “were sucked up by her vacuum,” according to court documents.

Samantha Neemann, 33, was arrested on May 8 after two victims had reported jewelry missing from their homes where Neemann was their housekeeper. She faces two felony theft charges.

On April 30th, a 47-year-old woman reported to Lincoln Police that over the last six months, several pieces of jewelry – worth up to $70,000 – had been taken from her home. The victim told police she suspected her housekeeper, Neemann, had taken the jewelry as she was the only other person with access to the home.

Days earlier, a 79-year-old and 81-year-old couple had also reported they had close to $5,000 in jewelry taken over a period of time from their home. The victims suspected Neemann had taken the jewelry, as she was the only other person with access to the home as well.

Neemann told investigators she was “unsure” what residence the items were from, so she pawned them, according to to an affidavit for her arrest. A judge set her bond at $2,500.

Police say they have tracked Neemann’s pawn history and found 29 different pawns involving pieces of jewelry totaling about $50,000 – all jewelry that belonged to the victims. Investigators say they are still working to recover the remaining jewelry.

Police believe that due to the high number of jewelry items, there could be more victims. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Lincoln Police at 402-441-6000.

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