An Aliso Viejo woman was arrested Thursday on suspicion of grand theft after stealing items from clients' homes, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
Erin Aaberg, 41, was employed by several clients for home organization services, working on closets and garage storage at high-end homes, investigators say.
In April 2018, one victim reported that a diamond bracelet and a gold pendant valued at more than $11,000 were stolen during the time Aaberg worked for her, the sheriff's department said.
The victim then learned from a Facebook page that Aaberg had been accused by several other clients of stealing items while working for them. The victim then alerted the police, the sheriff's department said.
Police discovered that Aaberg had sold the gold pendant to a jewelry store in Mission Viejo, according to the sheriff's department.
Investigators contacted other clients who posted about Aaberg on the Facebook page.
In two different cases, Aaberg worked at the homes of families that have children with Autism. When confronted about missing items, she blamed the children, Carrie Braun of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said.
Another victim reported a ring missing in 2017, during the time the suspect was working for the victim. Aaberg later returned the ring believing there would be reward money, the sheriff's department said.
A third victim, who is a police officer, noticed several gift cards missing and saw Aaberg allegedly taking them on surveillance footage. He confronted the suspect, who returned the gift cards, the sheriff's department said.
Two of the clients never reported the thefts to authorities, Braun said.
Investigators believe there may be more victims.
The suspect was charged with one count of grand theft and one count of petty theft. She faces a maximum sentence of three years in state prison, which would be served in county jail because of a new felony sentencing law aimed at reducing the inmate population in overcrowded prisons, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Aaberg was being held at the Orange County Jail on a $20,000 bail. She was expected to be arraigned Friday.
Anyone with information can contact investigator Marshall at 949-206-6191 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.