Contractor employee arrested for burglary

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - A construction worker is behind bars, accused of stealing jewelry and cash from a home his company was working on.

John Shea was arrested Monday. He's charged with breaking and entering and grand larceny.

Authorities say Shea knew some of his coworkers would be working on a home in Montpelier. They say he broke in after the homeowner left for work, but before his coworkers arrived. Neighbors say he saw them leaving the scene.

Robin Liesfeld lives nearby. She has painters coming by soon. Now she's not so sure she's going to leave them unattended.

"I'm in and out most of the day," Liesfeld said. "I think I'm going to be in more than out after this experience, just be a little more careful with people you don't know."

Liesfeld says she's going to start doing more research about anyone she hires to do work at her home.

"Maybe I should have the people checked out," she said. "I really don't know anything about them and it just makes me wonder what kind of people I'm having over to my house."

Tom Gallagher of the Better Business Bureau says what happened at this home could have happened anywhere.

The company Shea worked for has a spotless record.

"I don't think we've ever had any complaints about them," Gallagher said. "It's an unfortunate situation."

Employees say the victim has been doing business with this company for ten years.

"It's just a sign of the times," he said. "The companies have no control over this. The customer was doing everything they should have been doing and lo and behold they end up with a real problem on their hands."

Neighbors like Liesfeld say cases like this make her much more skeptical.

"You just never know," Liesfeld said. "You try and teach your children to be open-minded and trusting and in these times it can be hard."

Shea was immediately fired after his arrest.

All of the jewelry taken was returned to its owner.

Shea is still behind bars. He's expected to be back in front of a judge November 30th.

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