Greenwood County deputies arrested a 27-year-old Anderson caregiver Wednesday following reports more than $5,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from an elderly Greenwood woman's home.
Kimberly Williams, of 331 McCully St., Anderson, was charged with grand larceny more than $2,000, less than $5,000, and financial transaction card fraud in connection with the incident.
Family members of the 86-year-old victim said the woman's failing health forced them to move her from her Milford Springs Road home, and they discovered several pieces of jewelry missing as they were cleaning the residence in April. One of those pieces was a $4,000 flawless one-carat diamond engagement ring. According to a Greenwood County incident report:
Family members also told officers a medallion, two rings and a diamond watch were missing from the home. The victim's daughter told deputies they hired an Anderson-based caregiver service to assist the victim for the past year, and several caregivers were in the residence during that time.
The suspect was one of those caregivers, and she was questioned by investigators Wednesday. She told officers she received a credit card from the victim's family in November to make purchases for the victim, but admitted to using the card to make additional purchases for herself and her family. The suspect said she made the buys at several area convenience stores, and also used the card to make unauthorized withdrawals from ATM machines. Investigators calculated $4,527 were charged on the card during the six-month period the suspect had the card. The woman also admitted to taking the jewelry and pawning it at multiple area pawn shops.