Two employees of maid service charged with larceny

Kelsey Jewell and Dorothy Dougherty (Craven County Sheriff's Office photos)

NEW BERN, Craven County - The Craven County Sheriff's Office has charged two women after they were arrested on July 20 for stealing jewelry from customers' homes.

Kelsey Jewell, 17, of 4621 Rain Maker Drive in New Bern, and Dorothy Dougherty, 20, of 318 Hill Street in New Bern, are charged with larceny. Deputies said both women would steal the jewelry from residences in Craven County where they were cleaning. They would then pawn the stolen property. Craven County deputies said both women are charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense, felony conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense and larceny. They added additional reports are being investigated on You've Got Maids Cleaning Service and similar complaints in the Craven County area.

The owner of You've Got Maids Cleaning Service, Phillip Vernelson, disputed that deputies should continue to investigate his company. He told NewsChannel 12 that an employee of his alerted him that something was out of sorts and then he alerted the Craven County Sheriff's Office, leading to the investigation of Jewell and Dougherty. Vernelson said his company has worked fully with deputies during this investigation. He added he performs background checks and drug checks on all of his employees prior to their employment, and that includes Jewell and Dougherty. If anyone has any additional information about this case, please contact the Sheriff's Office at (252) 636-6644.