Caregiver Accused Of Stealing From Woman Recovering From Surgery

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(Memphis, TN) A Memphis woman was charged with stealing thousands of dollars from a woman she was supposed to be caring for.

Police say Chineka Beasley stole all that money, plus jewelry, from a woman at a senior apartment community in Cordova.

The 82-year-old victim says she's upset because the accused thief is already out of jail.

"To think that I trusted her so much. And it makes me want to cry," the woman said. "It's the only time through all of this that I've even wanted to cry."

Beasley, a RN, was hired by the 82-year-old after having knee surgery.

Beasley had access to the woman's apartment at the Bellevue Woods independent living community in Cordova.

"You'd think you get to know somebody. but I found out I didn't know her," said Ms. Johnson.

Ms. Johnson said Beasley stole more than $30,000 worth of jewelry, rare coins and an antique pistol that once belonged to her father.

These items were all in a locked closed, which was inside two unlocked fire safes.

"I'm certain that she took the key out of my purse and unlocked the closet door," said Ms. Johnson.

The woman said she became suspicious when she saw Beasley looking in her purse one day.

"And I said, 'Chineka, what were you doing in my purse?' And she said, 'Oh I wasn't doing anything in your purse, I was just moving the chair that it was on because it was in my way,'" the woman said.

Police caught Beasley after she pawned several of the items.

Ms. Johnson said a couple of pieces of jewelry have been recovered, but the biggest loss may be her faith in the caregiver she trusted.

"Until I knew definitely it was her, I actually prayed that it was not her," she said.

Beasley was employed by Home Instead Senior Care in East Memphis.

The company issued a statement saying Beasley was fired and has re-affirmed it does criminal background checks on all caregivers, which it says Beasely passed.

A spokesperson with Bellevue Woods said because it is an independent living community for persons 55 years and older,and  residents can choose who they wish for in-residence care.

Workers at Bellevue Woods have replaced the door locks on the victim's apartment.

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