ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — A nursing home employee was arrested in Round Rock Friday after being accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from an elderly patient.
Amy Eileen Vela, 33, is accused of stealing numerous pieces of jewelry worth about $16,000 from an 80-year-old patient diagnosed with dementia living at Wyoming Springs Assisted Living and Memory Care in Round Rock.
The daughter of the victim told investigators on Dec. 7, she noticed several pieces of jewelry missing from her mother’s room. The pieces included a gold, blue topaz, diamond ring, a gold lapis diamond ring, and a diamond bracelet.
Investigators were given a list of employees working the wing the victim lived in. Officers found that Vela pawned two rings on Dec. 9, that allegedly matched the description provided by the victim.
When interrogated by police, Vela admitted to stealing the jewelry. She brought back the diamond bracelet which she still had at her home. Vela told officers she was having money troubles and needed the money for Christmas.
Vela arrested and charged with theft. Her bond was set at $7,500.