Sticky-fingered Redwood City maid pleads no contest to theft charges 

A Redwood City maid who cleaned house in more ways than one — making off with a $4,200 diamond ring from one of several homes she looted while on the job — will serve no more than a year in a jail as part of a deal she struck with prosecutors on Monday.

Luz Garcia, 43, pleaded no contest to grand theft and possession of stolen property, San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said.

While employed by “The Maids” home cleaning services, she stole jewelry from homes she was assigned to clean between December 2009 and June 2010, Guidotti said.

From a Belmont home, she not only nabbed a diamond ring but also gold earrings from a jewelry box. She also stole from homes in Menlo Park and Atherton, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said she admitted to stealing jewelry from five other homes she was cleaning. Those victims were not identified and thus charges were not filed in the thefts.

Garcia has been out of custody on $50,000 bail. The case was continued to March 29 for possible sentencing, Guidotti said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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