AMBRIDGE (KDKA) — Police say a waitress at an Ambridge restaurant befriended a widower and began stealing from him.

Karri Villella is accused of stealing thousands of dollars in jewels and valuables from 67-year-old Jack Vochinsky.

“It was all set up,” he said. “Now that I think back, she set me up. This was all a set-up because she [knew] my wife just died and she figured that there was jewelry in the house, you know what I mean? And she worked her way in.”

Villella worked at Maple Restaurant on Maplewood Avenue – Vochinsky’s favorite place to eat. After his wife died, Villella would bring food to his home and check up on him.

One day, he noticed his wife’s diamonds and gold were missing.

“This gentleman was just reaching out to somebody, probably met her, met the waitress, struck up a relationship, thought he was helping her, would lend her some money, [he] was under the impression that she was going to some sort of school and was trying to help her out, do the best thing he could,” Ambridge Police Sgt. Brian Jameson said.

Later his house keys and other valuables disappeared. He says Villella eventually realized he was working with police.

“I says, ‘Karri, you’re a thief! You robbed me!’” Vochinsky said. “ … I says, ‘It’s a good thing you’re on the phone and I can’t get ahold of you by the neck ‘cause I’d be in jail.’”

Villella faces burglary and theft charges. Police were able to recover most of the stolen items.

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