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Nurse's Assistant Steals More Than $25K in Valuables

Arlington Heights nurse’s assistant is accused of stealing more than $25,000 worth of jewelry from patients.

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.

jan carlin September 20, 2012 at 01:40 PM
The headline says --nurse steals. She is not a nurse by any means. Big difference and it should be noted in the bigger print, not buried in the story.
jan carlin September 20, 2012 at 03:35 PM
I left a comment, but I see it didn't make it print.
jan carlin September 20, 2012 at 03:36 PM
She is not a nurse---big difference. Why is it not noted in headline--just in the body of article? Poor reporting.
Rachel Glaser September 20, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Jan- I understand the difference unfortunately we have limited space when writing headlines. We try to squeeze as much information in there as we can and I felt localizing it by including "Arlington Heights" in the headline was important. I explained the woman was a nurse's assistant in the abstract (the short summary that's connected to and posted directly below the headline) and I do not believe her title was buried in the story, "Nursing assistant" was actually the first words printed in the article. I do however understand your point and adjusted the headline. Thank you for your comments and please let me know if you have any other concerns.
Phil Reinhart September 25, 2012 at 01:30 PM
I don't know what you people are reading? IT SAY'S Nurse's Assistant in the headline.

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