Woman allegedly claimed to be cleaning lady after stealing from Chinatown apartment

An Everett woman pleaded not guilty today to charges that she posed as a cleaning lady while stealing from a Nassau Street apartment in Boston’s Chinatown area Tuesday afternoon.

Eva McDonough, 56, was arraigned today in Boston Municipal Court charges of breaking and entering, entering a dwelling under false pretenses, and receiving stolen property, a court clerk said. She is slated to return to court on Feb. 28. The clerk did not immediately know her bail.

Officers were called at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday by a resident who said a woman had broken into several apartments at 1 Nassau St. The victim told police he had received a text from a neighbor that an unknown female was in the victim’s apartment. When he returned to the apartment and confronted McDonough, he said she told him she had been hired to clean the apartment.

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McDonough was found by police outside the apartment building, carrying two shopping bags and a women’s handbag. She told the officers she was trying to earn extra money cleaning, and was arrested, police said.