Paula Dean Robbed of Family Jewels

The ‘Queen of Cholesterol’, Paula Deen, was the recent celebrity victim of a jewelry theft whodunit. Have you protected your jewelry valuables?

When Southern cooking diva, Paula Deen, hired Mary Alice White to clean her house, she didn’t figure she’d ‘clean’ her out of $100,000 worth of diamonds and gems. According to the Savannah Morning News, Savannah-Chatham police were called to Deen’s Wilmington Island home on May 3rd after her husband, 54-year-old Michael Anthony Groover, reported about $100,000 worth of men’s and women’s jewelry had vanished from August 2009 to May of this year. Groover told metro officers housekeeper Mary Alice White, 47, had been caught with some of the pilfered items and subsequently fired. White was arrested May 5th on a theft-by-taking charge after trying to pawn a pair of $18,000 earrings at a Savannah pawn shop, according to Chatham County Sheriff’s Sgt. Laurie Tillman. She again was arrested May 13th after information from a Garden City pawn shop alerted authorities she tried to pawn a $7,000 Rolex watch and a $2,500 bracelet. Outside Deen’s restaurant, The Lady and Sons, her fans were surprised anyone would rob the queen of southern cooking. “I’ve always loved her because of how generous she is. The theft does surprise me and it’s too bad,” Beth Driehaus told SMN. Have you done all you can to protect your jewelry box from folks with ‘sticky finger syndrome’? Read our expert advice on what you should do to make sure you properly insure and appraise your jewelry valuables.

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