Slidell police say they have arrested a theif who has been preying on elderly victims over 89 years old at a local retirement home.
In a news release, a Slidell Police Department spokesman said, "One of the victims came forward last month after she discovered several pieces of her late husband's jewelry missing from her room. Detective Richard Walden, who was the lead investigator on the case, began investigating all of the employees who had access to the victim's room."
The statement goes on to describe what allegedly happened:
"Detectives discovered that 52-year-old Stephanie Ducre (photo above,) who was an employee at the retirement home, had recently been selling jewelry, as well as a digital camera, to local pawn shops in the Slidell area. When detectives showed pictures of the jewelry to some of the residents of the retirement home, three additional victims came forward to claim their stolen items. One of the elderly victims, the owner of the stolen digital camera, is currently suffering from memory loss, and routinely looked at the pictures on her digital camera to bring back her lost memories."
Most of the stolen property has been recovered police say, but several pieces of jewelry are still missing.
Ducre is currently being held in the St. Tammany Parish Jail and has a $25,000 bond. Her charges are: Four counts of Exploitation of the Infirm, four counts of Theft by Fraud, and four counts of Theft of Assets of an Aged Person.