Lake Charles woman arrested for theft of $15,000 in jewelry

The following is a Press Release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office:

On March 2, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Moss Bluff regarding a report of a theft.

When deputies arrived, they spoke with the victim who advised over $15,000 in jewelry was missing from her home.  The victim revealed her housekeeper brought family member, Contessa N. Cooper, 27, of Lake Charles, to help her clean her home. After returning home, the victim discovered the jewelry was missing.

When questioned by detectives, Cooper confirmed to detectives that she stole the jewelry from the victim's house while she helped clean her house. During further investigation, deputies discovered Cooper to be in possession of several syringes, a spoon with suspected methamphetamine residue, two glass smoking devices, and a small clear plastic bag containing methamphetamine.

Cooper was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft over $1,500; possession of CDS II (methamphetamine); and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The stolen jewelry has been recovered by detectives and returned to the victim.

Cooper has been released on a $7,000 bond set by Judge Ron Ware.

CPSO Detective Darrell Fontenot is the lead investigator in this case.