DA: Be alert to home theft

Lisa Ann Duff

GUILDERLAND — An alert from Albany County District Attorney David P. Soares’s office urges the public to be aware that Lisa Ann Duff, who worked as a housekeeper, has been charged with stealing from clients.

Duff, 51, of Albany, was charged with one count of third-degree grand larceny, a felony, on March 20, by the Guilderland Police Department.

According to the Guilderland Police report, Duff stole a pair of 1.25-carat diamond stud earrings and a pear-shaped diamond necklace, valued at more than $7,500.

Duff was also charged with one count of third-degree grand larceny on April 2, by the Albany Police Department, for allegedly stealing jewelry from a residence in the city of Albany, according to the release from the district attorney.

Both cases are open and pending in the Major Crimes Unit in the Albany County District Attorney’s Office, and the release asks anyone who had employed Duff as a housekeeper to audit their personal property and report any discrepancies to local police.

The release also gives the following tips for allowing people access to your home and personal property:

  • Lock all valuables in a safe or strong box;
  • Carefully screen potential employees and report suspicious activity immediately;
  • In the event of missing bank or personal identification, carefully check your bank statements and report suspicious activity immediately; and
  • Run your credit report annually and review it for accuracy.

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