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Ghanian Woman Arrested with Purse Full of Jewelry Believed Stolen from Home Health Clients

Police believe multiple aliases used by woman, arrested at Kohl's in Toms River

TOMS RIVER, N.J. - A woman working as a live-in home health aide was arrested after police responded to a shoplifting call and discovered she had random jewelry, including New York Police Department rings, wrapped up in her purse.

Toms River Police are hoping to track down the owners of 57 pieces of jewelry believed stolen by the woman, 33 year-old Joyce Ababio of Ghana, Africa.

Though Ababio was using a Bronx address, she was using multiple aliases and working as a home health aide in Whiting, said Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy.

Mastronardy said the health agency that employs the woman is cooperating with police, and investigators are hoping to track down additional owners of the stolen jewelry.

“We responded to a shoplifting call at Kohl’s, from security officers, on a call that she had shoplifted clothes and jewelry,” Mastronardy told Patch Wednesday.

Toms River Police Officer Frank Lauria responded to the call at 7 p.m. Monday, and found loss prevention staff had detained the woman, who had no form of identification on her.

However, her purse was allegedly full of jewelry wrapped in paper towels, said the police chief.

Police began sorting through the items and found a NYPD and a Xavier High School rings that she claims all belonged to a relative in Africa, Mastronardy said.

The NYPD ring had a badge number, and Det. Brian Lomer tracked down the owner after calling the NYPD, Mastronardy said.

“It had the badge number engraved on it, (and) we tracked it down to a retired police officer, who retired in 1970,” Mastronardy said

The retiree is now a Whiting resident and is one of the clients Ababio was working for, he said.

Det. Lomer is working to track down the owners of the other pieces of jewelry.

Mastronardy said the investigation found that Ababio was using multiple aliases, and had identification under numerous names: Akosua Oforiwaa, Faustina Abebio and Joyce Abebio are among the known aliases.

Officer Lauria and Det. Lomer discovered she has been in the area since April working as a health care worker for the elderly.

ICE was contacted and she is being held on no bail in the Ocean County jail. Police are encouraging anyone with information to contact Det. Lomer at 732-349-0150 ext. 1217.

Mastronardy urged residents who have home health care aides to “take necessary precautions and secure your valuables.”

“It’s something we recommend, in any case, but also for those who may require help at home, to keep valuables properly locked up and accounted for,” Mastronardy said.

Project Bluebeam October 18, 2012 at 10:27 AM
We recently had to hire an aide for my mom. Our aide told us that she had to go through a state background check, her credit report was checked, and she was fingerprinted. We love her and the care she provides is top notch. If you need to hire an aide, research the agencies thoroughly, and ask to see your aide's license issued by the Division of Consumer Affairs/Board of Nursing. They are supposed to carry it at all times. You get what you pay for! And no, they cannot administer meds!
Irina October 18, 2012 at 11:06 AM
My mothers aid is also from Ghana. She is wonderful. But we also removed ALL valuable from the house. So all she can steal is a spoon if that.
Irina October 18, 2012 at 11:07 AM
ALSO.....The name of the agency should be reported. We need to know ALL the news not just half of it and the most important part of the new totally MIA.
BayvilleDad October 18, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Does not say she was illegal, just that ICE was contacted.
Martin October 18, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Dumb comment by another Repugnant Republican.
CHANGE_TR October 18, 2012 at 12:13 PM
She should be shipped back with "Return to Sender". Yet she will probably end up in a jail and be fed and housed on our dollar.
Mike L October 18, 2012 at 01:59 PM
So Ken, I didn't see you blame Congress, the Senate, The agency that hired her, the people that hired her thru the agency, our local government for not checking the company that hired her. Look around, how many illegals you pass every day, but because they work cheap our local business they hire them, you might even Blame the deficit on the business that hire them and pay them under the table....no taxes forwarded to the local governments and Washington.....Look at the BIG picture!!!! Not just one person, as you did!
Richard J. Thomas October 18, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Send this turd back to that god forsaken hell hole she crawled out of.
Phil Hueston October 18, 2012 at 03:10 PM
"dumb" is denial. Recognize the problem and deal with it. Its going to get worse. Illegals are still pouring in. No work - no money leads to crime
Randy Butternubs October 18, 2012 at 03:10 PM
I think she needs to be put in a cargo hold of a ship that is passing Africa ( plane ticket too expensive). Taking advantage of old people should be punishable by death.Forget Romney and Obama. This country needs my fresh thinking for its leadership. The second thing I do after I dealt with this Subhuman is catch the children that are breaking into houses in Lacey by noon and banish them and their parents from Ocean County.
suz October 18, 2012 at 06:03 PM
I agree with a former comment...the name of the agency should absolutely be published! With all the senior developments in this area, I bet it is big business to some who want to make a quick buck. PUBLISH the name of the agency!!!
john biller October 18, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Yup........Obama who lossened up immmigration in this country.......allows all this garbage to be here. Lets the illegals work entry level jobs and pays the locals to stay home and collect their checks. Lets having a bon voage party for Obama come New Years. BTW, how did both he and Michelle get scholarships to Harvard.......everyones records are sealed. Did he aply as a foreigner as some people suggest?
barbara October 18, 2012 at 10:58 PM
hmmmm. home health aids are suppose to go shopping for you!!!
barbara October 18, 2012 at 10:59 PM
for sure ken, unbelievable. i work in home care. would love to know who this agency is........
barbara October 18, 2012 at 11:01 PM
the name of the agency should be reported for sure!!! there is a form they need to fill out that has to be verified by the employer. i know, i do it as part of my job. something not right with this agency!
barbara October 18, 2012 at 11:02 PM
so agree, suz. would love to know the name of this agency. i deal with homecare and this is not acceptable at all!!!!!!
barbara October 18, 2012 at 11:02 PM
so agree john......
George October 18, 2012 at 11:55 PM
How do you know she entered the US during the Obama years and not the previous 8 or 10 years?????????????? True blame is on the company that hired her an but her in a position to do this. These other forms of ID how did she get them there is a lot more to be done with this case. Obama has deported over 1.4 million. If the job creators would hire americans instead illegals there would not be that many running into the iUS
Ken October 19, 2012 at 01:44 AM
BayvilleDad...if she was not an illegal was was ICE contacted? Martin...for your information I am not a republican. Mike L... I do blame Congess and the Senate and all Federal, stae and local governments for this. But you must remember recently obama went over everyone and just decided that illegals and children of illegals can now stay and not have to worry about anything. They can now go to school here, work here and drive here and nothing can be done. Maybe if the politicans were not so worried about the minority votes they would do something about illegal. Funny part is imigrants who came here legally do not care for this going on either. I believe any empolyer who hires an illegal should be fined and if the keep doing it should be jailed. Same goes for anyone renting or housing illegals. If they have no place to live and can not find work they will eventually go back to whatever country they came from. Trust me I see illegals every day, but the powers that be turn their heads to this and will do nothing about it. Look in the papers at least once a week you read of at least one illegal somehow breaking the law and I am not even counting them coming here illegally.
john biller October 19, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Deported only criminals arrested...never anyone lese. When you have over 30 million illegal Mexicans and Central Americans takng away entry level work in this country, sending money out of the country, causing USA welfare rolls to skyrocket, and each diabtetic mama popping out 2-4 anchor children each that are a burden to the taxpayer via schooling, free health care, 200 dollars monthly each for food stamps...........and nothing done by Obama, only facilited by Obama. Romney as the only sensible solution....voluntary deportation.
john biller October 19, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Has Obama deported his two illegal relatives, one in NY who was doing free housing welfare fraud and the other in Massachusettes who was arrested for DWI? I bet you a million $$$ they are still in Obamaland.
john biller October 19, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Rome is burning while Nero plays the fiddle. A financial mess and no budget yet, just jokes? His administration has sadly been Comedy Central.
chris October 19, 2012 at 04:01 PM
This is why we don't need obamacare,They do not pay the IRS like the americans do. This why the USA has a financial mess.
john biller October 21, 2012 at 11:04 AM
OBAMA 2016, THE MOVIE is available for 4.99 now. Everyone should see it be enlightned before they vote. If you don't thats just denial.
Chris. Carde October 22, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Shame,shame,shame on this women. It is such a sad time we are living in when people pry on our elderly less fortunate people whom the have to rely upon for their care,we are suppose to honor our elders , they do not want to be needy, it's such a shame that these pigs,greedy mean nasty people exist,I did home care and I would always go above and beyond for my patients, God forbid that was me or someone I loved. Is that how they would like be treated. This is a sick world with wicked people in it, I can remember the stories my clients would tell me about some of the people that were sent to their homes..God bless our elderly and helpless people.
Shep Proudfoot October 26, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Take Barbi for a ride, KEN
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john biller November 15, 2012 at 02:17 PM
More illegal crap condoned by the relecvected president. Welcome to socialist America. Talk about biying votes, just like they did in socialist Greece.
john biller November 15, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Sorry for the typos gang.
Linda January 13, 2013 at 02:19 AM
I agree to, who is the agency!!!!

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