Nurse's assistant, 42-year-old Krisann Henderson of Arlington Heights is accused of stealing more than $25,000 worth of jewelry from patients she cared for.
According to the Cook County Sheriff’s office, authorities launched an investigation in January when a man reported several pieces of his wife’s jewelry missing.
Several months after the initial report, his wife contacted law enforcement to provide several names of caregivers who had been assigned to care for her at the couple’s home.
Authorities then got a tip that one of the caregivers had been a long-time customer of Arlington Jewelry and Loan at 901 W. Rand Road in Alrington Heights. Employees there told police Henderson had pawned several items at the shop after the reported theft at the victim’s residence.
Henderson was arrested over the weekend and admitted to stealing from her patients. A Certified Nurse's Assistant since 1987, Henderson told authorities she has been stealing jewelry from her clients for the last five years. So far, the sheriff’s department has identified three victims but expect more to come forward.
Facing residential burglary charges, Henderson appeared in court Tuesday and is now free, released on a $5,000 bond.
A preliminary report states Henderson stole more than $25,000 worth of valuables from her patients which include a 35-karat aqua marine stone broach, a 10-karat gold tennis bracelet with 35 round diamonds, a pearl necklace and additional family keepsakes. As of now, three items have been recovered but at least six other pieces are still missing.
Any possible victims are encouraged to contact that the Cook County Sheriff’s Police at (708) 865-4896.