want to steal Kelly
Osbourne's knickers? Well, according to Sharon Osbourne, the maid did
it -- and "CJ" has learned the family's former maid, Juana Zavala has,
in fact, been arrested by Beverly Hills Police for allegedly staging a
panty raid and stealing jewelry from the family.
According to published reports, Zavala allegedly made off with Kelly Osbourne's $800 Chewbacca "Star Wars" ring, $630 worth of sheets and towels, and a diamond ring belonging to Osbourne daughter Aimee worth more than $32,000. Not mention the stolen panties. Sheriff's department documents show Zavala has been cooling her heels in a Los Angeles County Jail since late September, unable to post the $400,000 bail.
The alleged theft occurred months ago, but the accused maid only appeared in court last week.
The maid's husband, Jamie Zavala, reportedly claims that Sharon confronted the woman and pulled her hair. Sharon denies that, but it wouldn't be the first time Sharon defended her stuff. About a year and a half ago, Sharon got banged up pretty bad during a confrontation in a trendy LA restaurant, in a dispute over another pricey piece of jewelry. Sharon said at the time, "It's not like, 'why me' or 'poor me.' But I'm pissed off."
In the latest incident, Sharon says she's confident the matter will be handled properly by the DA's office.
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Maid to the stars sentenced to prison
NEW YORK (AP) — A maid whose clients included Robert DeNiro and Candice Bergen was sentenced Tuesday to one to three years in prison by a judge who said the defendant was "cleaning out" her celebrity employers' valuables while cleaning their homes.
State Supreme Court Justice Renee White ignored the pleas of a weeping Lucyna Turyk-Wawrynowicz to let her return immediately to Poland.
Turyk-Wawrynowicz pleaded guilty two weeks ago to grand larceny, forgery and identity theft.
"I would like the judge to allow me to go home," Turyk-Wawrynowicz, 35, said through tears and a Polish interpreter. She said her sister died recently, leaving several young children. "They have no one to take care of them," she told the judge.
White told the maid she had "shown no remorse for your actions, but only remorse for your predicament," and imposed the prison sentence.
"During your work as a housekeeper, a job that involves trust, you violated the trust of five individuals by stealing significant property from these individuals," the judge said. "You worked not just by cleaning and dusting, but by cleaning out the property of the various employers you worked for."
White added that Turyk-Wawrynowicz had received a generous plea deal, probably because prosecutors know immigration officials will deport her when her sentence expires.
Turyk-Wawrynowicz' lawyer, Mark T. Zawisny, said his client agreed to leave the country voluntarily so that she will be sent home and not held in an immigration jail.
When she pleaded guilty to grand larceny on Feb. 8, Turyk-Wawrynowicz admitted stealing a pair of diamond earrings from DeNiro's wife, Grace Hightower. Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Anne Schwartz said the earrings were worth $95,500.
Detective Richard Kenney, lead investigator on the case, said the maid also stole Hightower's shoes and Bergen's leather jacket and cameras.
In pleading guilty to forgery, Turyk-Wawrynowicz admitted that she used a stolen credit card to buy items at Barney's, the luxury clothing store on Madison Avenue, and fraudulently signed the name of the true owner of the card.
The maid also admitted staling the identity of a now-13-year-old girl. Schwartz said the defendant used the girl's Social Security number to get residency and work papers, which she could not have gotten as an illegal alien.
"You used the Social Security number of a child to get work," the judge said. "You violated the rights of a child in order to put yourself above others, I presume, for purposes of greed."
The judge said she wanted Turyk-Wawrynowicz to do prison time "so that you get an idea of the punishment that is involved when you violate the laws of this country."
Turyk-Wawrynowicz, who lived in Queens with her husband, has been jailed for all but a couple of weeks since her arrest in June 2005.
Her attorney said that means that if the housekeeper serves the minimum — one year — with time off for good behavior, she should be out in four to six months.
Victims of theft:
participants become targets of maid service burglaries in Belleville.
By Tesa Culli
Mt. Vernon City Editor
MT. VERNON — A member of the Jefferson County State’s Attorney’s office and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office found out what it is like to be a victim when some of their belongings were stolen while working on the Cecil Sutherland trial in Belleville.
Sandy Edmison, who works with crime victims and prosecution witnesses for the State’s Attorney and detective Capt. John Kemp had to fill out theft reports with the Fairview Heights Police Department during the first week of May. Edmison said she discovered an expensive necklace and diamond earrings were missing from their hiding place in her room at the Drury Inns and Suites in Fairview Heights. After telling co-workers that the items were missing, Kemp discovered he was missing a large bottle of cologne, he said.
A maid at the hotel has been fired in relation to the incident, Edimson said.
"It’s my understanding that she was a fairly new maid at the hotel," Edmison said. "After she started working there, things started coming up missing."
Edmison and Kemp were only two of several hotel guests whose belongings were missing, she said.
"We’ve been treated well at the hotel," State’s Attorney Gary Duncan said. "Within any public accommodation there might be one employee who is not doing their job or doing it right. The other employees there have done a good job."
Duncan said the prosecution team is not focusing on the thefts, but on doing their jobs during the trial, which is being held in Belleville on a change of venue due to pretrial publicity.
Duncan, several employees from the Jefferson County State’s Attorney’s office and two attorney’s from the Illinois Attorney General’s office who are working on the case are staying in Fairview Heights while the trial is going on.
Both Duncan and the Cecil Sutherland defense team have opened offices in Belleville for the duration of the trial.
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