SCARSDALE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Westchester nanny was arraigned Wednesday, accused of stealing from the Scarsdale couple she worked for.
Jeanne Quigley was charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property after allegedly being caught on video going through cabinets and taking cash from an envelope.
Jeff Osterman and Susan Matula said they set up the camera after things in their home started disappearing, including cash from Matula’s purse.
“According to my calculations, I was $120 shy,” said Matula.
Over the course of several months, the couple said Matula’s wedding ring disappeared as well as silverware and even a suitcase.
“Immediately, I saw her going through Susan’s wallet, going into the cabinet and taking out an envelope with cash and going through the envelope with cash,” said Osterman.
“It was all very surreal,” Matula said. “I couldn’t believe we were living this moment.”
The couple fired Quigley after reporting the alleged thefts to police and they said Quigley admitted she had taken the wedding ring.
Quigley appeared in court wearing handcuffs. She dabbed tears and was comforted by her public defender, who tried to keep her out of jail.
The judge set bail at $50,000. The village prosecutor wanted Quigley’s bail set at $75,000 because of her previous conviction for a similar crime in 2004, CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider reported.
“She appeared very remorseful. She was crying, said many, many times she was sorry,” said Osterman. “To see her actually doing these things, it makes you feel violated. It makes you question why you didn’t see this before.”
The prosecutor said what makes this case even worse is that Susan Matula is legally blind.
“I do think that she utilized that to her best interest, absolutely,” Matula said.
Quigley will stay locked up in Westchester County Jail until she can come up with cash bail or bond, or until her next court date next Wednesday.
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