A home health care nurse in St. Louis was recently arrested and charged with stealing jewelry from a patient’s home. Rachel Capone, 33, had been hired to look after an elderly person, providing various services, including direct medical attention at times, but is said to have taken a grocery bag that was filled with jewelry from the victim’s kitchen cabinet.
The victim’s wife reported the incident to authorities and claimed that aside from her and her husband, the only other person who had access to that jewelry was Rachel Capone.
When authorities began investigating, they discovered that some of the alleged items, subsequently identified by the victim’s wife, had been sold at a gold buyer’s shop in St. Louis City. Police then arrested Rachel Capone who allegedly admitted to stealing and selling the jewelry during interrogation.
According to NBC News 5, 5 On Your Side, in its blog, Home healthcare nurse charged with stealing $41,000 of jewelry from patient’s home:
“The victim said Capone, her husband’s healthcare nurse, was the only one aside from her and her husband who had access to the jewelry.
After investigating, police say they found Capone had sold some of the jewelry at a gold buyer’s shop in St. Louis City. The victim confirmed that the jewelry was hers.
Police arrested Capone, who they say admitted to stealing and selling the jewelry during questioning.
Capone’s bond is set at $25,000.”
It was not made clear whether Ms. Capone had been working independently or was hired through a home care agency. There was no notification in the court documents that she had been working for a home care agency and may instead have been hired directly by the victim and/or his wife.
There was also no immediate word on whether all of the jewelry that had been sold or stolen had been recovered. It was unclear whether Ms. Capone had obtained legal counsel or admitted a plea in open court.
Even though home care continues to be one of the preferred options for a growing number of seniors and disabled adults because it allows them to remain comfortable in their own houses or apartments, stories like this leave a black stain on the industry. These are the stories that gain more media attention and traction because of their obscenity.
It is also a good reminder that despite even the best efforts of agencies and families, it is important remain diligent and protect valuable assets more effectively, not just from situations like this but others who may have easy access to the home.