South Bluffs experiences rare burglary

South Bluffs in downtown Memphis is a gated community. It is considered by residents as a very safe place to live.

Attorney Mike Scholl has lived there for 15 years.
"We seldom have problems in the South Bluffs at all," Scholl said.

But a resident who lives in a house overlooking Riverside drive had a big problem. The theft of more than a quarter of a million dollars in jewelery stolen from the home on Saturday. And the homeowners former housekeeper is charged in the case.

According to an affidavit of complaint, the jewelery and cash was in a panic room the homeowner said only the builder and the housekeeper knew about.

The housekeeper, Carolyn Telford, is accused of going in a patio door at the home on Monteigne and stealing $10,000 in $20 bills and $250,000 in bracelets, earrings, and necklaces from the panic room located behind a mirror in a closet.

According to the complaint, Telford admitted to taking two checks from the homeowner several weeks ago and writing a $300 and $500 check in her name.

Mike Scholl said he is not worried.

"A lot of times when someone breaks into your house it's a relative or somebody that's been working for you," Scholl said.

Scholl said security has been updated at South Bluffs. The gate codes have been changed and only one car at a time can get through the gate.

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