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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Vacuum Saleswoman Charges With Stealing From Elderly Woman

Court FightYolanda Gadsby, a door-to-door vacuum cleaner saleswoman, and her boss, Daniel Bierworth, have been charged with a number of crimes for their involvement in the theft of jewerly from an elderly customer. Gadsby apparently met the victim on one of her door-to-door sales. Gadsby asked to use the restroom and took advantage of opportunity to steal several pieces of jewelry from the woman. Gadsby would later sell the jewelry at a Pawn Shop to make some easy money. Unfortunately for Gadsby, her conscience would foil her theft. She reportedly told police that she was experiencing some difficult times and that she needed the easy money from the sale. When she decided to try to return the jewelry she contacted her boss, Bierworth, in the hope that he could help her recover the jewelry. The two only managed to purchase one piece of the jewelry that was stolen, a ring. Bierworth returned the ring to the old woman, Gadsby apologized, and apparently the woman gave Bierworth a letter stating that she did not want to prosecute anymore. Bierworth lied to investigators by stating that the woman just happened to find her jewelry. The woman reportedly did not want to lie to the police and told them the story.

Gadsby has been charged with larceny, tampering with evidence, and tampering with a witness. Bierworth has also been charged with tampering with evidence and tampering with a witness. 

See Berkeley Brean, Door to Door Vacuum Saleswoman Charged With Stealing Jewelry From Elderly Woman, WHEC.com, Nov. 27, 2012.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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