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Property manager accused of stealing from residents

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A LaFayette Housing Authority employee is in trouble with the law.  Police say residence manager Lori Baker broke into five apartment homes , and stole $12,000 worth of jewelry.

Amy Denson says it's hard to believe the woman hired to maintain her apartment complex, is the same person police say stole from her and other residents along Foster Circle.

“They took a necklace that belonged to me, that was given to me when my son was born, and had a lot of sentimental value,” said Amy Denson, resident.

The necklace isn't all that was taken. Her son's piggy bank was emptied of about 40 dollars.

“It's a child's porcelain dinosaur piggy bank,” said Denson.

LaFayette police tell Channel 3 Baker had keys to all the victims' apartments because she would conduct routine inspections. During those inspections she is accused of taking more than $12,000 in jewelry, and selling the items to a local jewelry store.

“You're supposed to be able to trust people, they have to let her in their home to do inspections, the frustrating part is she is violating trust,” said Bengie Clift, Chief of Police, LaFayette Police Department.

Baker was released on bond. Channel 3 visited her home Friday for comment; she didn't come to the door.

Police have recovered some of the stolen jewelry. They are in the process of returning it to the owners. We reached out to the LaFayette Housing Authority to confirm what residents have told us, the director told us “no comment” pending the criminal investigation.

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