Franklin, TN – A caregiver remains jailed this afternoon after pawning a family heirloom she stole from an Alzheimer’s patient she was hired to care for.
The daughter of the 79-year-old patient at a Franklin care facility noticed that her mom’s wedding ring set was missing from her hand and contacted police.
During an investigation, detectives discovered that an employee of the care facility, Sharon Jones, had recently pawned a set of rings for $75. Detectives followed up and confirmed that the rings Jones pawned belonged to the elderly patient. The rings were given to the woman by her husband, now deceased, when the couple married in 1956. They are valued at more than $3,000, though the daughter says that the rings were worth far more than that to her. The rings have, since, been returned to the family.
“We take crimes against the elderly very seriously,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “Anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation should always file a report.” Deputy Chief Gregg Policastro said, “The family did exactly the right thing in reporting this, and because they did – we were able to help recover something special to them.”
Jones, arrested yesterday, remains jailed on a $7,500 bond. She will face a judge to answer her felony theft charge on 09/18/2014 at 1:00pm.
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