A Vietnamese maid was arrested for stealing money at her employer's home in Macau. Photos: Google Maps, Macau Police

A 44-year-old Vietnamese domestic worker was arrested on Monday on suspicion of theft and confessed to stealing cash worth a total of 130,000 patacas (about US$16,000) from her employer’s home in Macau on three separate occasions over the past month.

On June 27, the employer found that HK$80,000 (US$10,240) and 10,000 patacas in cash had disappeared from her handbag, Exmoo News reported. As she suspected that thieves had stolen her money on street, she called the police, but they were not able to identify any suspects after checking security-camera footage.

On Monday, the woman called the police to report that she had caught her maid taking 30,000 patacas into the bathroom of her home, Macao Daily News reported.

After a police interrogation, the maid admitted that she had stolen the cash and tried to hide it in the bathroom ceiling. She also admitted that she had taken 13,000 patacas from a drawer in the same apartment on July 19 and money from her employer’s handbag on June 27.

She said she had lost the money she stole the first two times on gambling tables.

She will face theft charges, police said in a media briefing in Macau on Tuesday.

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