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posted: 2/6/2014 4:15 PM

Former home health worker guilty in Elk Grove Village theft

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A former home health care worker charged last May with stealing from an Elk Grove Village woman has pleaded guilty to theft, court records show.

In exchange for the plea, a Cook County judge sentenced 26-year-old Matthew Pedrosa Tuesday to two years in prison and ordered him to pay $689 in fines, court records show. The judge awarded Pedrosa credit for the 242 days he has been in custody.

Pedrosa, of Chicago, had been caring for the woman's husband. The day after her husband died, the woman contacted police to report missing jewelry and said she suspected her husband's health care aide, prosecutors said. They said Pedrosa sold jewelry, which the woman identified as hers, to a Norridge cash-for-gold shop.

The company Pedrosa worked for fired him after the client notified them of her missing items.

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