A caregiver was arrested after she allegedly pawned a family heirloom she stole from an Alzheimer’s patient she was caring for.
The 79-year-old victim’s daughter called police in Franklin, south of Nashville, after she discovered her mother’s wedding ring set was missing.
“My mother would not take these off her finger,” said the daughter, who does not want to be named. “We discovered the rings were not on her finger, and so we went and tore her whole room apart looking for them and they never showed up.”
During their investigation, police determined Sharon Jones, who was the victim’s caretaker for a year, pawned the set of rings for $75.
“She was the last one on my list. She was extremely kind, warm, genuine she was there consistently. That hurts,” the daughter continued.
She said she does not know who to trust now.
“It’s unfortunate that some of these, you know, bad eggs if you will just take advantage of the system and of people and it sort of gives a black mark on all those who spend their life caring for others,” she said.
The rings were given to the victim by her late husband in 1956 and are valued at more than $3,000.
The stolen rings have since been returned to the family.
“The family did exactly the right thing in reporting this and because they did we were able to help recover something special to them,” Chief Deborah Faulkner said.
Jones was taken into police custody Tuesday and remains jailed on a $7,500 bond.
She is due in court September 18 for felony theft.