MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A former bank teller was arrested Wednesday after police say he stole thousands from an elderly woman’s account back in 2021.

According to police, Aaron Chaney, 27, is accused of stealing an 83-year-old woman’s debit card that he gained access to while working at the First Horizon Bank at 3225 Austin Peay Highway.

Court documents state that Chaney made $28,111 worth of unauthorized withdrawals from the woman’s account over the span of six weeks in May and June of 2021.

The affidavit of complaint states when the victim noticed unusual activity in her account, she disputed it with Chaney.

Chaney reportedly issued the woman a new debit card and requested the new PIN to be on file, but investigators say it appears Chaney used the new debit card information as well as the victim’s old debit card at several Bank of America and Walmart locations throughout Memphis.

On Wednesday, Chaney was booked into Shelby County Jail and charged with felony charges of identity theft, financial exploitation of an elderly/vulnerable person, fraud use of credit/debit card of $10,000- $60,000, and theft of property of $10,000- $60,000.

Chaney is out on a $291 bond and due back in court on Jan. 12.

Kim Daugherty, the Executive Director of the Aging Commission of the Mid-South, says the alleged crime against the 83-year-old victim is heartbreaking.

“We hear of financial exploitation of seniors frequently,” she said.

She said it’s a reminder of how simple safeguards can protect the elderly and vulnerable from becoming victims.

“Set up notifications on your bank accounts or credit cards or investments that would help you understand any transactions that were occurring on those accounts,” Daugherty said.

We reached out to First Horizon for a comment but have not heard back.