Nurse’s aid accused of stealing from elderly patients in Sonora

08/20/2014 1:59 PM

08/20/2014 2:01 PM

A Valley Springs woman was arrested Monday on suspicion of stealing from elderly residents she is employed to care for at a senior living facility in Sonora.

Working on a tip, a Sonora police officer contacted Sarah Jimenez, 37, who works as a nurse’s aide at the care home on East Jackson Street.

According to the Sonora Police Department, Jimenez told the officer she had just returned from selling gold she had found. It was later determined the gold she had sold belonged to one of the residents of the care facility.

During a search of Jimenez’s purse and other property the officer found more stolen jewelry, gold and household items, according to police. The officer also found 27 Lorazepam pills in a plastic bag, for which Jimenez didn’t have a prescription.

She was arrested on suspicion of felony burglary, felony theft/embezzlement as a caretaker, felony possession of stolen property and felony possession of a controlled substance.

The investigation continues and additional charges could be added. So far, police have identified two victims, an 89-year-old man and an 85-year-old woman who suffers from dementia and symptoms related to a stroke.

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