A Valley news anchor recently filed criminal theft charges against her former nanny, saying the woman stole clothes from her Scottsdale home, police said.
Catherine Anaya, of CBS affiliate KPHO-TV (Channel 5), told police she came home after work Feb. 20 and noticed a large amount of her clothes missing.
It was the same day she and her husband switched nannies because items were disappearing from the house, she told police.
She and her husband called the fired nanny, a 25-year-old who had worked for the family about six months, and told her they would file charges if the clothes weren’t returned.
The next morning, they found a pile of clothes at the front door. About a fourth of the clothes, though, were still missing, Anaya told police. The clothing included pants, blouses and shorts and cost an estimated $1,000, she said.
Anaya again called the nanny, and told police that the woman said she was selling the remaining clothes.
The nanny said Anaya had broken their termination contract, in which each side agreed to give a three-week notice. The nanny told Anaya that because she had received only a two-week notice, she was keeping the clothes as compensation, Anaya told police.
Scottsdale detective Sam Bailey said Thursday the nanny had not been arrested in the criminal complaint, which would constitute a class 5 felony. Attempts to reach the nanny were unsuccessful.
Attorney Craig Mehrens, representing Anaya, said the newscaster has taken the matter to court.