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updated: 11/26/2013 5:24 PM

Home healthcare worker pleads not guilty to Elk Grove theft

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A home health care worker accused of stealing jewelry from an Elk Grove Village home pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

Matthew Pedrosa, 25, of the 2900 block of Harding Ave., Chicago, is charged with felony theft and remains in jail on $40,000 bond.

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In April 2013, Pedrosa was caring for an Elk Grove Village man in his home. The day after the man died, the man's wife noticed her jewelry was missing and suspected Pedrosa, a home health care worker. A police investigation revealed that a few days earlier, Pedrosa had sold jewelry at a Norridge cash-for-gold store which the woman identified as hers.

The next court date is Dec. 30 at the Rolling Meadows courthouse. If convicted, Pedrosa could face two to five years in prison.

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