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Woman accused of stealing from the elderly charged with 10 felonies

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on March 4, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
March 4, 2013 4:37 pm

A 28-year-old woman has been charged with stealing credit cards, jewelry and cash from residents of a Puyallup retirement home last year.

Not guilty pleas were entered on the woman’s behalf today to four counts of trafficking in stolen property, four counts of theft and one count each of residential burglary and identity theft.

Prosecutors contend the woman claimed to be the granddaughter of one of the elderly residents at Sunset Gardens to gain access to a number of apartments at the retirement home. She allegedly pawned some of the stolen jewelry at local pawn shops, and police said a surveillance camera caught her using a stolen debit card at a nearby deli. One resident, a 94-year-old man, said the woman made off with more than $10,000 in jewelry.

Police identified her last summer and requested an arrest warrant, prosecutors said. She was arrested Saturday and booked into the Pierce County Jail.

Her bail is set at $30,000.

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