A former cleaning lady at an Albemarle County senior home admits to stealing jewelry from its residents. Prosecutors say Wanda Cousins stole jewelry from people living at Rosewood Village and pawned it off to feed a cocaine habit. Prosecutors claim Cousins stole jewelry from 25 residents at the senior home from 2011 to 2013.
Cousins, 52, avoided a scheduled trial Tuesday morning and pleaded guilty to nine grand larceny charges in Albemarle Circuit Court. Each of the charges carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.
Police connected Cousins to the crimes through pawn shop transactions that turned up a Rosewood resident's unique pendant featuring two dolphins and another piece of jewelry with hieroglyphics spelling out a resident's name.
Attorneys say she has cleaned up, is drug-free, and has helped investigators identify the pieces of stolen jewelry and who they belong to.
Cousins is out on bond until her sentencing on May 7 at 2 p.m.
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