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Dental assistant is charged after stealing expensive necklaces and wedding rings from sedated patients to 'fund her drug habit'

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 2/11/2019 Emily Crane For Dailymail.com

a person posing for the camera: Arieta Gouvakis, 38, is accused of stealing the jewelry from at least two patients while they were under sedation at the Long Island Implant and Dentist in Rocky Point, New York on January 31 and February 1

Arieta Gouvakis, 38, is accused of stealing the jewelry from at least two patients while they were under sedation at the Long Island Implant and Dentist in Rocky Point, New York on January 31 and February 1
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A New York dental assistant has been arrested for allegedly stealing necklaces and wedding rings from sedated patients to fund her drug habit. 

Arieta Gouvakis, 38, is accused of stealing the jewelry from at least two patients while they were under sedation at the Long Island Implant and Dentist in Rocky Point, New York on January 31 and February 1.

Police said among the items stolen was a $2,000 gold and pearl necklace and a $3,000 gold and diamond wedding ring. 

The patients were under nitrous oxide sedation at the time and didn't realize the jewelry was missing until later. 

They later informed the dentist, Dr. Nick Augenbaum, of the missing items and he got police involved.

Police managed to track the stolen jewelry to local pawn shops and were able to recover the items. 

Gouvakis had been hired just three weeks earlier. 

Police arrested Gouvakis on Friday and charged her with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. 

Authorities said she has a prior criminal record.

They said her motive may have been to feed a drug habit. 

Gouvakis was fired from the dental office soon after the patients reported the stolen jewelry. 

Police are appealing for other patients to come forward if they believe that have been victimized by Gouvakis.   

Any potential victims are asked to contact the Suffolk County Police Department at 631-852-8752.

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