Maid stole branded items from boss: $35k Chopard watch, $7.5k Celine bag and $10k Hermes wallet

An Indonesian maid was on Aug 7 sentenced to 12 months in jail for stealing luxury items amounting to $54,450 from her businesswoman employer.

Siti Nur Sopiyati, 32, admitted to stealing:

  • A Chopard ladies' watch worth $35,000

  • A Celine snakeskin handbag that cost $7,500

  • A pink Hermes crocodile skin wallet worth $10,000

  • A black T-shirt worth $150

  • A gold ring with diamonds worth $1,800

According to The Straits Times, the theft occurred in the Nassim Hill apartment of Madam Lisa Lee, 32, sometime in January last year. Siti was cleaning the master bedroom when she stole the five items from a cupboard.

After hiding the loot inside her bedroom, Siti, who was under Madam Lee's employment from 2013 to March 2016, then asked another Indonesian woman to help her send them back to her home country.

Madam Lee's husband called the police after she discovered that some of her valuables were missing in March last year.

Siti and another Indonesian maid who was also working in the household came under suspicion, but nothing incriminating was found on either of them.

As Madam Lee chose not to pursue the matter further, both maids were sent back to their agent and eventually returned to Indonesia.

In May 2016, Siti returned to work for another household and brought along the branded goods that she had stolen "because she wanted to use them".

Months later in November, Siti posted photos of herself wearing the stolen items on Instagram -- which Madam Lee's sister saw.

Read the rest of the story on The Straits Times.