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Two charged in theft of employer's watch

November 15, 2013

A housekeeper and her husband have been charged with theft after taking a watch belonging to the woman's boss and pawning it for $500, according to an arrest warrant from Odessa Municipal Court.

Jorge Armando Baeza and his wife Maria De Jesus Garcia-Baeza, both of 1711 N. Hancock Ave., were charged with state jail felony theft charges in connection to the incident. As of Thursday, they both were being held on $7,500 bond at the Ector County Detention Center.

The warrant stated on Aug. 5, Mikala Reznik reported to the Odessa Police Department that she noticed a watch missing from her bedroom on May 16 and later, on June 1, she also found out that $4,100 was missing from her bedroom.

The warrant stated Reznik provided two photographs and a receipt for the watch which was purchased in December 2011.

Detective Keith Hudgens with OPD searched a website,, and found a watch matching the description that had been pawned at Cash America Pawn, 1012 N. Grant Ave., by Jorge Baeza, the warrant stated. Hudgens went to the pawn shop Nov. 5 and spoke with an employee who identified Baeza as her cousin, the warrant continued. A manager at the pawn shop, the warrant stated, told Hudgens she remembered Jorge pawned the watch that was in pictures the detective showed.

On Nov. 6, Reznik spoke with Hudgens at the OPD and looked at pictures Hudgens had taken of the watch at the pawnshop the day before, the warrant stated. Reznik said she was sure the watch pictured was her because she put a safety chain on the clasp that matched the one in the photos, adding the watch was very rare and she did not know anyone else who might have one, the warrant stated.

At this point, the warrant stated, Hudgens showed Reznik pictures of Jorge and Maria Baeza without telling her who they were. She immediately recognized Maria as her housekeeper and that she had been cleaning at her home on May 15, the warrant stated. It also stated she recognized Jorge as Maria's husband.

That same day, Hudgens showed the pictures to the manager and employee of the pawn shop he spoke with before, the warrant stated. They both identified the two as Jorge and Maria Baeza and were made to fill out witness statements, the warrant stated.

On Nov. 11, Reznik's watch was recovered by detective Pete Gonzalez and it was released to her after she positively identified it as hers, the warrant stated. It also stated she signed criminal complaints against the Baezas at this time.

On Nov. 12, both Baezas were interviewed at the police department where they were read Miranda warnings and agreed to speak with detectives, the warrant stated.

Maria admitted to taking the watch from Reznik's dresser and Jorge pawned it for $500, the warrant stated.


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