Everyone knows you should be careful who you hire online. And after a burglary, stolen credit cards and a felony arrest, one family in Carmel learned the hard way.
The family wanted someone to assist in their home, so they found someone online.
But when the family hired Jasmine Zavala, an 18-year-old Salinas woman, they got more than they bargained for, according to the Monterey County Sheriff's Office.
Zavala allegedly stole credit card and bank account information from the family, using them to pay off her own utility and credit card bills. She also allegedly burglarized the family's home, making off with jewelry, electronics, credit cards, a checkbook and other documents.
Zavala and another woman living with her, 36-year-old Sandra Juarez, were both arrested on felony charges of burglary, forgery, grand theft and identity theft on Wednesday. Police said they found some of the stolen items at their address, along with a forged ID card and other documents.
Police said Zavala and Juarez even used a stolen check to make a down payment on a red 2012 Camaro, which was found at their address. The two were booked into Monterey County Jail.
Police said the family found Zavala on Care.com, a Massachusetts-based website that connects users with local babysitters, tutors, housekeepers and more. But company spokesperson Jo Flattery said they have no records of anyone with the name Jasmine Zavala in the Care.com database.