The Paramus Police Department announces the separate arrests of Elizabeth Loayza-Rios, 47 yoa, of Union City NJ, for theft and the arrest of Emily Hester, 33 yoa, of Paterson NJ also for theft. These arrests were result of an investigation, by Paramus Police Detectives, of thefts from homes and subsequent use of stolen credit cards. Paramus Detective Craig McEllen was the lead investigator on both cases.
In the first investigation, the Paramus Police Department received reports from 2 residences in the Duke Drive area that numerous pieces of jewelry had been stolen from their homes in March and April of this year. Detective McEllen quickly determined that both homes had employed Elizabeth Loayza-Rios as a housekeeper. McEllen was able to develop enough evidence linking Loayza-Rios to the thefts. On April 22, 2014 Loayza-Rios turned herself in to Paramus Police Headquarters where she was charged with both thefts, booked, then released on her own recognizance.
In the second case, Detective McEllen investigated the theft of credit cards from a Roosevelt Boulevard area home. The home was owned by an 88 year old male victim. Detective McEllen was able to track the use of the stolen credit cards and determined that they had been stolen by Emily Hester who worked for the victim as a home health aid worker for over six months. Hester turned herself in to Paramus Police where she was charged with theft and fraudulent use of credit cards. She was booked then released on her own recognizance.
Anyone with further information on either of these cases is asked to call the Paramus Police Detective Division at 201-262-3400 ext. 553
The defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Elizabeth Loayza-Rios was arrested and charged on April 22, 2014 with:
Theft (2 counts) 2C:20-3
Emily Hester was arrested and charged on April 29, 2014 with:
Theft of Credit Cards 2C:21-6
Fraudulent use of Credit Cards 2C:21-6
Kenneth R. Ehrenberg
Chief of Police
Paramus Police Department