GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Two caregivers have been arrested after allegedly stealing thousands of dollars in jewelry from an elderly couple they were supposed to be helping.
Gwinnett County police said the investigation began on Oct. 16 when they were notified of $6,000 worth of jewelry stolen from the victims' Lawrenceville residence.
The 74-year-old woman who reported the theft to police, talked to 11 Alive News but only wanted us to use her first name Mary. Mary said the two women cared for her 93-year-old husband, a World War II veteran who has Alzheimers. Mary said the incident has changed her life. "I'm not going to be as trusting of people," she said.
When detectives got involved in the case, they learned that Sharron Kimball, 47, and Terri McGill, 54, were the two caregivers at the home when the jewelry was stolen. The couple hired Kimball and McGill through Comfort Keepers of Loganville.
"And when the police officer finally told me who had taken my items, it was hard to believe," Mary said.
Detectives learned that Kimball had a recent pawn transaction for a gold chain, catholic cross and diamond earrings.
McGill had a pawn history consisting of a ruby ring that dated back to the spring of 2015. McGill had been caring for the victim's husband for almost two years.
Detectives also linked Kimball's daughter, Darrion Poyntz, 22, to the thefts. Poyntz had two separate pawn transactions in October that consisted of several rings and a gold chain with a pendant. Poyntz admitted to detectives that her mother gave her the rings to sell.
"I thought my items were gone forever," Mary said. "I never thought I would get anything back."
On Oct. 20, Kimball was arrested and on Oct. 27, McGill was arrested. With the exception of one bracelet, detectives have accounted for and returned all of the stolen and pawned jewelry back to the victims.
Kimball now faces felony charges of theft by taking and exploitation of a disabled adult as well as two counts of misdemeanor theft by deception and misdemeanor theft by taking.
McGill was charged with felony theft by taking, one count of misdemeanor theft by deception and misdemeanor theft by taking.
Police are trying to find other people who employed Kimball and McGill. "We believe it's possible that other victims could have been taken advantage of, but they just don't know it yet," said Cpl. Deon Washington.
Comfort Keepers released the following statement:
We are aware of the caregivers arrests and are very concerned for the client. All of our employees undergo a national, state, and local background check upon hire before being placed in clients homes. There was nothing unusual or raised red flags in the background checks of either individual. We are saddened by this event and are cooperating 100 percent with the authorities.
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