Woman robbed of $14K in jewelry, man jailed

Posted at 1:24 PM, Mar 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-23 16:24:44-04

A Scottsdale woman fell victim to a jewelry heist.

The suspected thief? A granite technician.

The woman hired Marlam Industries to do some work on her Scottsdale home in early February. As a precaution, she hid her jewelry, according to court documents.

After the work was completed, the woman noticed some items missing, including her deceased husband's wedding ring, her engagement ring and wedding band, among other items. Police estimated the loot to be worth over $14,000.

The woman contacted the business manager who then questioned his employees. Through that investigation, 28-year-old Daniel Robert Huguez was named a suspect, according to police.

He was also suspected of stealing items from another job a few days before the one in Scottsdale.

Police said the manager confronted Huguez, who admitted to taking the items. He was fired from his job, left apology voicemails for the two victims and his probation officer.

Records show he is currently on probation for trafficking in stolen property.

The manager confronted Huguez about the theft and he admitted to taking the items.

Huguez has since been fired from his job, but he did leave two voicemails apologizing to the victim and his probation officer.

He is now facing charges of burglary, theft and trafficking in stolen property.