Mariela Del Rosario, of Lodi, NJ., is accused of answering a craigslist ad for a home health aide, and then stealing the disabled man’s jewelry.
Del Rosario, 32, stole a disabled Palisades Park man’s jewelry from his bedroom by posing as a would-be home health aide. After lifting the victim’s jewelry, she proudly showed off one of the pieces, a figure 8 diamond necklace, in a Facebook video, authorities said.
The victim, who’s unable to walk, was interviewing her when Del Rosario “went into the bedroom, took his family’s jewelry and left,” Palisades Park Police Chief Mark Jackson said.
“It’s always unsettling when you have a situation where someone takes advantage of a vulnerable person,” Jackson said. “At least in this case we were able to quickly identify the suspect and provide some justice for the victim.” source
While police were searching for her, Del Rosario posted a public Facebook video wearing one of the $2,500 worth of stolen pieces, the chief said.
Del Rosario was arrested and later released after posting bail.
Police say they have not yet recovered the victim’s stolen goods.