WC housekeeper accused of swapping diamond for fake

A housekeeper from Connecticut has been arrested after she allegedly stole an $8,000 diamond from a wedding ring in a house that she was cleaning, only to replace the stone with a fake.

Monica Ferrera Lopes, 37, of Danbury, was arrested several days ago after the alleged theft from a South Salem home.

Joseph Chiazzese, who owns Throgs Neck Jewelers in Yorktown, says that fake diamonds can be easy to spot if you know what to look for, especially if someone tries to swap them with a real diamond. "Maybe there was a scratch on the stone. Maybe she noticed the prongs got shifted on it, or that someone tampered with it."

Authorities say that if you have expensive jewelry in your home, it's a good idea to keep a list and photographs in case they are ever stolen so that police have some sort of record of the items.

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