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Caregiver accused of stealing from wheelchair bound patient's home

Jeff Bobo • Sep 12, 2017 at 9:00 PM

CHURCH HILL — The home caregiver for a wheelchair bound Hawkins County man was charged with felony theft after some of the victim’s property was allegedly found listed on the caregiver’s online yard sale site.

A stolen necklace and pendant were also recovered from Kingsport Gold Rush after reportedly being sold there by the caregiver, Nathan David Lee Simpson, 27, 650 E. Sevier St., Apt. 123, Kingsport.

Simpson served as a caretaker for the disabled man who resides on Chestnut Street with his wife near Church Hill, but was fired last month after the patient’s wife suspected him of theft.

The wife told HCSO Detective Jeff Greer that among the items stolen were a silver certificate valued at $1,000, a gold necklace and pendant valued at $500, and a Yu-Gi-Oh collector’s trading card valued at $500.

“She stated that she had also discovered the silver certificate and the Yu-Gi-Oh card listed for sale in an online yard sale site, and they were being sold by Nathan Simpson,” Greer said.

Greer also discovered that Simpson had sold two necklaces at Gold Rush.

He obtained photos of the items, and the victim’s wife positively identified the stolen necklace and pendant as well as a second necklace she didn’t know was missing. That piece of jewelry belonged to her mother.

Simpson was arraigned Monday on one count of theft over $1,000.

He was released on $3,000 bond, and an Oct. 18 preliminary hearing was scheduled.               

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