Liliana Vargas

Boca Housekeeper Charged With Stealing $650K In Handbags From NJ Family

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The Accused Lives In Boca Raton. The Victim Lives In Gulfstream. The Pawn Shop Is In Delray Beach.

Victim’s Staff Confirmed The Theft. Yes, The Victim Has A House Staff.

Liliana Vargas, Courtesy Palm Beach County Jail.

BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — In a criminal case that touches as many stereotypes as it does parts of South Palm Beach County: A Hispanic housekeeper from Boca Raton is charged with stealing $650,000 worth of handbags and furs from a Gulfstream homeowner who was at her second home in New Jersey while her “staff” was working in the house at the time of the theft.

According to a heavily redacted police report filed by the Gulfstream Police Department, Liliana Vargas of NE 5th Avenue in Boca Raton allegedly admitted to stealing furs, handbags, and more — then trying to pawn the items at a pawn shop in Delray Beach.

From the police report, which was written in all caps by the investigating officer:

“THE VICTIM STATED THAT THEY HAD LEFT THE THEIR HOME IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA
ON JUNE 12, 2021 AND TRAVELED TO THEIR HOME IN THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY. UPON HER RETURN TO THE STATE OF FLORIDA ON OCTOBER 27, 2021 SHE HAD DISCOVERED SEVERAL ITEMS OF HIGH VALUE MISSING. THE ITEMS INCLUDED HANDBAGS, JEWELRY AND FUR COATS. THE TOTAL SUM OF OF THE ITEMS ARE VALUED IN EXCESS OF
APPROXIMATELY SIX HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE ITEMS WERE ALL
TAKEN WHILE IN THE FLORIDA HOME. ON FRIDAY OCTOBER 29, 2021 AT APPROXIMATELY 1100 HOURS OFFICER RANDY WILSON AND I WERE ASSIGNED AS FOLLOW-UP INVESTIGATORS. DURING OUR INVESTIGATION WE MADE CONTACT WITH THE VICTIM, FAMILY MEMBERS AND STAFF EMPLOYEES. THE VICTIM’S PERSONAL SECURITY PROTECTION EMPLOYEE WAS PRESENT.”

“MS. VARGAS INDICATED TO SHE WAS WILLING TO SPEAK TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PROVIDE A RECORDED STATEMENT OF HER CONFESSION. THE RECORDED STATEMENT TOOK PLACE AT THE VICTIMS HOME. MS. VARGAS WAS ADVISED OF HER CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. THE RECORDED STATEMENT WAS CAPTURED ON OUR BODY-WORN CAMERAS. MS VARGAS CONFESSED THAT DURING THE PERIOD OF SEVERAL
MONTHS SHE HAD TAKEN SEVERAL HANDBAGS FROM THE FLORIDA HOME. THE INITIAL AMOUNT OF THE BAGS SHE HAD CONFESSED IN TAKEN WAS APPROXIMATELY ELEVEN HANDBAGS.”

“THE STOLEN HANDBAGS WERE EITHER DELIVERED IN PERSON OR MAILED BY HER TO A CONSIGNMENT SHOP IN THE CITY OF DELAY BEACH, FL. MS. VARGAS STATED THAT SHE RECEIVED APPROXIMATELY FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS IN THE COURSE OF HER CRIMINAL ACTIVITY. DURING THE COURSE OF OUR INVESTIGATION WE MADE PERSONAL CONTACT WITH THE CONSIGNMENT SHOP OWNER. THE CONSIGNMENT SHOP OWNER CONFIRMED THAT SHE HAD AN ONGOING CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP WITH MS. VARGAS. THE CONSIGNMENT SHOP OWNER STATED THAT THE FUNDS FOR THE HANDBAGS WERE EITHER PAID IN CASH OR WIRE TRANSFER VIA CELLULAR TELEPHONE APPLICATIONS.”


“ON NOVEMBER 3, 2021 AT APPROXIMATELY 1130 HOURS MS. VARGAS VOLUNTARILY CAME TO THE GULF STREAM POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR A SUBSEQUENT INTERVIEW. THE INTERVIEW WAS RECORDED ON MY BODY-WORN CAMERA. DURING THE INTERVIEW MS. VARGAS CONFESSED TO ADDITIONAL STOLEN HANDBAGS. THE ADDITIONAL BAGS WERE ALSO TAKEN TO THE SAME CONSIGNMENT SHOP IN DELAY BEACH, FL. MS. VARGAS RECEIVED SIMILAR PAYMENT. THE VICTIM REPORTS THE VALUE OF ALL ITEMS TAKEN BY MS. VARGAS IN EXCESS OF SIX HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS.”

Liliana Vargas was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail. She is charged with first degree larceny for items valued at $150,000 or more, dealing in stolen property, and fraud. She posted $35,000 bond. A court date is pending.

 

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