An 18-year-old food service worker who stole from several residents of a Redwood City assisted living facility was sentenced Tuesday to nine months in jail, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Luis Cebrero had been working at the Woodside Terrace Senior Living complex for six months when he was arrested on Oct. 8, Redwood City police reported.

Police were called to the facility at 485 Woodside Road after another employee saw Cebrero leaving a resident's room with jewelry hidden under a food tray. Under questioning, the Menlo Park resident admitted committing five prior thefts at the complex, according to the district attorney's office. Detectives searched Cebrero's home and found several items of jewelry that had been stolen.

Cebrero pleaded no contest on Nov. 19 to a felony count of residential burglary and a misdemeanor count of theft from an elder, according to the district attorney's office.

In addition to jail time, San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Craig Parsons sentenced the teenager to three years probation and ordered him to pay more than $4,000 in restitution to the victims.

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