Coconut Creek Housekeeper Set Condo Fire to Cover Up $160 Theft: Police

Police say a Florida housekeeper set fire to a condo to cover up stealing $160 from her 72-year-old employer.

Janette Pacheco, 44, confessed immediately after being confronted about Friday's suspicious fire, according to Coconut Creek Sgt. Scott Slavin. Pacheco told police she started the blaze in an attempt to cover up the theft.

She was charged with first-degree arson and was being held without bond Sunday at the Broward County Jail. Slavin said she could face additional theft and crimes against the elderly charges. Her employer is staying with relatives.

Jail records did not show if Pacheco has an attorney.

The condo sustained considerable damage and is uninhabitable.

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