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Oct 24, 2012 4:44 PM

Deputies arrest caregiver of elderly woman

TUCSON - Pima County Sheriff's Department arrested a suspect for stealing jewelry from an elderly woman. The suspect, Sylvia Delgado Cruz, is one of the victim's caregivers.

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Below is the Media Release from the Sheriff's Department regarding their investigation of Theft:

On October 16, 2012, a deputy with the Pima County Sheriff's Department Foothills District took a theft report from the daughter of an elderly victim. The deputy learned that the 86-year-old victim stayed at the Fountains Assisted Living Facility and told her daughter about jewelry items she was missing.

Detectives with the Sheriff's Criminal Investigations Division became involved and learned that nine jewelry items worth several thousand dollars were missing. The victim and her daughter provided a list of individuals who had access to the residence, and detectives began their investigation. They found one of the caregivers, later identified as 63-year-old Sylvia Delgado Cruz, had pawned items that belonged to the victim at a local pawn shop.
Three items pawned by Cruz were identified by the victim. Sheriff's Detectives then went to Cruz's workplace to interview her and confront her with their findings. During the interview, Cruz told investigators about four items belonging to the victim and that these pieces of jewelry were at her (Cruz's) house. A search warrant was obtained for the suspect's residence and the items mentioned were located. Cruz was arrested and booked into the Pima County Adult Detention Center on charges of Theft and Trafficking in Stolen Property.
The investigation continues.

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