LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A 27-year-old Lufkin woman accepted a plea bargain deal of three years of probation for stealing three gold rings and one set of gold hoop earrings from the home where she had been working as a caregiver back in August of 2013.
Jennie Shanae Sims appeared in Judge Paul White's 159th Judicial District Court for a plea hearing Wednesday. As part of the plea deal, she pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony theft charge.
According to the arrest affidavit, an ACSO deputy made contact with a 30-year-old woman who explained that Sims, their home healthcare provider, had taken jewelry from her and from her 80-year-old grandmother. The complainant said that Sims started working as their home health provider on Aug. 23, 2013.
On that day, the complainant and her grandmother noticed Sims entering and leaving the house several times. A day later, the complainant noticed several items of jewelry missing and called the Angelina County Sheriff's Office, the affidavit stated.
Then the complainant called the deputy back on Aug. 25, 2013 and told him she had called local jewelers with a list of descriptions of the stolen jewelry. An employee with Angelina Gold Buyers contacted the woman and told her that he might have some of items at his store.
The complainant met the deputy at Angelina Gold Buyers, and she was able to positively identify the two gold rings and a set of gold hoop earrings that had been sold to the store. The store employee provided the ACSO deputy with a receipt that stated Sims had sold the jewelry items to his store for $230.
The affidavit stated that the stolen items - three gold rings and a set of gold hoop earrings - have a total estimated value of more than $1,500 and less than $20,000.
According to Angelina County Jail records, Sims has two previous arrests for theft on her record - one on April 16, 2010 and one on May 6, 2013.