May 23, 2013
A Slidell, Louisiana nursing home employee was arrested this week and charged with stealing jewelry from elderly residents. Per Louisiana State law, stealing valuables from aged adults is a form of financial exploitation and considered nursing home abuse.
According to Slidell police, 52-year-old Stephanie Ducre, an employee at a local nursing home, reportedly stole several pieces of jewelry, then sold them at an area pawn shop. One of the victims, a female resident in the nursing home, filed a complaint after noticing several jewelry pieces missing from room. The missing jewelry belonged her deceased husband.
Detectives began to investigate and determined that Durce sold several items at a Slidell pawn shop, including jewelry and a digital camera. After photographing the jewelry found at the pawn shop, detectives asked residents at the nursing home if any of the pieces looked familiar. Three additional victims came forward, picking out the photos of the jewelry that belonged to them.
The majority of the jewelry has been recovered, but there are still some pieces missing, according to police. Since those items have yet to be found, police speculate they may have already been melted down into scrap gold.
Durce remains in the St. Tammany Parish Jail on a $25,000 bond. She’s been charged with four counts each of theft by fraud, exploitation of the infirm, and theft of assets of an aged person.
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