A 27-year-old home health aide, assigned to help a 74-year-old Coram woman, was charged Tuesday with helping herself to thousands of dollars of the woman's jewelry, Suffolk County police said.

Melissa Acevedo, of 16 South St., Selden, was charged with third-degree grand larceny following an investigation by Sixth Squad detectives.

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Police said that between May 1 and 9, Acevedo, working as a health aide for the Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk County, stole more than $3,000 worth of jewelry from the woman in her care.

The victim had reported the jewelry missing and police said the investigation led them to charge Acevedo. Police did not detail what evidence led them to charge the aide.

Acevedo was arrested at the home about 4 p.m. Tuesday.

She posted the $5,000 bail that was set at her arraignment Wednesday in First District Court in Central Islip.