Worker accused of stealing rings off dementia patients



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Posted on May 31, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Updated Friday, May 31 at 5:30 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A nursing assistant is accused of stealing rings and jewelry from at least six senior citizens at an Olympia home for dementia patients.

Thurston County prosecutors sought $7,500 in bail for the accused jewelry thief, but the judge released the suspect without bail. The woman was ordered to stay away from the victims and Garden Courte Memory Center.

The 41-year-old woman was arrested at the nursing home on Thursday.

According to detectives she admitted to stealing jewelry from several patients, in some cases, right off their fingers.

Eileen Putscher called Olympia police when she noticed two rings missing from her 87-year-old husband’s hands.

“It’s about as low as you can go, I guess,” said Putscher.

Another victim of the suspected jewelry thief is a 93-year-old patient. The aide was accused of stealing her wedding ring in February. The victim has since passed away.

The nursing aide has been fired.

Watch the full report by KING 5's Drew Mikkelsen tonight on KING 5 News at 5 p.m.