Charges: House Cleaner Stole $17,000 Ring

HASTINGS, Minn. (WCCO) – A 24-year-old woman is accused of stealing a diamond solitaire ring valued at $17,000 from a Hastings house she was hired to clean, according to charges filed Wednesday in Dakota County District Court.

Ashley Anne Boyer was charged with one felony count of theft in connection with the incident.

According to a criminal complaint, a person identified as A.M.V. had her Hastings home cleaned by Boyer on the morning of Aug. 29.

Later that afternoon, A.M.V. noticed that a diamond solitaire ring she had inherited was missing from its tray in one of the bathrooms of the house. She contacted the cleaning company that Boyer works for about the ring. The company talked to Boyer, who denied taking the ring.

After searching her house, A.M.V. called police about the matter. The complaint states pawn records were searched around the area, and authorities found records that showed on Aug. 29, Boyer pawned a diamond solitaire ring at a pawn shop in St. Paul. Records showed that Boyer redeemed the ring on Sept. 1.

Boyer was interviewed by police on Sept. 23, when she admitted to taking the ring from the bathroom tray and pawning it. She denied redeeming the ring. Authorities said attempts to locate the ring are still ongoing, and it was appraised on July 11 at a value of $17,000.

Boyer faces up to 10 years in prison and fines up to $20,000 for the crime.

  • Jake

    Stupid is as stupid does….

  • Commonsense

    Here’s an idea, STOP BEING LAZY AND CLEAN YOUR OWN HOUSE. Why would you even leave a ring worth that much laying around like a dummy? Poor little rich girl got her ring stolen. Boo hoo. this is news because???

    • Mike

      Here is a better idea. Buy a rope, secure it to a limb higher than your head, attach it to your neck and jump. The world would be a better place without you………..

  • Slinn

    If I had a $17,000 diamond ring, I would definitely not leave it in a tray in my bathroom. Granted the woman should not have stolen the ring, but why invite trouble by leaving something so valuable where anyone could take it?

  • Apes

    Desperate times and you want a stranger to go in your house? Sorry, I lack any sort of pity.

  • Bill

    Minimum wage will do that to you!

    • just sayin

      Then maybe you should go to school and find a real career.

  • gdog

    Maybe we should have a bling bling walk so we remember not to blame the victim just because they have exspensive jewelery.

  • red

    Wow- I know people who are well off and middle income who have house cleaners but they have the brains to lock their expensive possessions such as this? I personally put my own jewelry back in the ring box when I am not wearing it so it does not get flushed down the toilet by accident or fall down the sink. Both of these people are idiots

  • NO commonsense

    Why would a house cleaning company hire someone who already had a felony charge for: drugs – 1st degree- possess 25 grams or more – cocaine/heroin/meth on 4/27/11? Someone’s got an expensive habit to satisfy obviously. I hope the business has a good insurance policy as I would be suing them into oblivion.

    As for the other comments, I use house cleaners. Not because I am lazy, but because I own and operate a company and spend far too much time making sure I can provide for my employees and their families. Retail value on a solitare ring doesn’t tkae much to get to 17K, it’s not even 2 karats for a decent diamond.

    • em1022

      I agree with a charge like that her being a maid is high risk because she clearly has a problem….my other question to that is why is she out if she was just charged on 4/27/11, something like this would carry a sentence of a few years or more depending on previous record; she would definitely be looking at drug court and rehab…so either she is a rat or something just isn’t adding up here.

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  • dg

    This is news? Next, ‘CCO will be covering “dog bites mailman.”


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