A Filipino woman has been arrested as a suspect in two cases of theft in Macau. Photo: Google Maps.

A 32-year-old Filipino woman was arrested by Macau police last Thursday for allegedly stealing valuables worth 95,000 pataca (US$11,816) in two separate cases and overstaying.

On January 31 2015, a foreign woman reported to the police that she hired a Filipina to help take care of her pets at home when she was out of town for holidays. When she got back, she found that a diamond ring worth 48,000 pataca (US$5,971) in her room was swapped for a fake one. Police later found the genuine diamond ring in a pawn shop in Taipa in February 2015. The suspect was on the run.

On January 4 2016, another foreign woman, who hired a Filipina to help clean up her house while she was out of town, reported to the police that a notebook computer, a luxury watch and 47,000 pataca in cash went missing from her home, Jornal Va Kio reported.

Police believed that the two theft cases were done by the same person. They arrested a suspect in Central district last Thursday and held a media briefing for the case on Friday.

The suspect is a former Filipino maid, who had been working in Macau between 2010 and 2013, Macau Daily News reported, citing the police. She was required to report to the police regularly but had stopped doing that in March 2014.

The suspect, who said she had spent all the money she made from the two incidents, will face charges of theft, fraud, falsification of documents and overstaying.

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