ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) - When you move to a new home, you trust the movers you hire to get all your belongings from point A to point B. But for one St. Louis County couple, that trust was broken. An employee of a local moving company is charged with stealing more than $25,000 worth of a customer’s jewelry.
The victims hired Cord Moving and Storage Company to help them move out of their Clarkson Valley home.
They hid their jewelry, including wedding rings and a Rolex watch, while the packing was underway. But St. Louis County Police Officer Shawn McGuire says one of the six movers at the home stumbled upon the jewelry anyway. He says, “It was actually secure in a bag, underneath a bathroom cabinet. So the biggest thing to get across is to be careful with all your things.”
When the couple realized their valuables were missing, they told the lead mover, who confronted the men on his team.
Police say one of the men, 35-year-old Robert Wiley, immediately bolted. McGuire explains, “He got in a moving truck and started driving away. At that time, the victim just followed him to his house while calling 911.”
The victim followed Wiley all the way to Overland. “They got to his house, and that’s when the suspect apologized to the victim and returned the jewelry to him,” adds McGuire.
But police say Wiley returned too much jewelry: “He got all of his jewelry plus other jewelry that didn’t belong to him, which opened our investigation into the suspect for other thefts.”
Wiley told police that guilt led him to drive back to his Overland home to return the stolen jewelry, but his conscience hasn’t gotten him off the hook. He’s charged with felony stealing over $500. Police are still investigating where the other jewelry came from.
Cord Moving and Storage Company has refused to comment on the situation.