Kingsport caregiver, husband charged in theft from senior citizen

Rain Smith • Nov 10, 2010 at 11:39 AM

A Kingsport woman has been arrested after allegedly stealing watches and credit cards from a 71-year-old man she was hired to care for.

Police say her husband has also been charged in the investigation, as he fraudulently purchased items on the stolen cards.

According to an incident report from Kingsport police, in September the victim reported the items missing from his Wildwood Drive home. The stolen goods included a safe that contained credit cards and various watches and jewelry.

The man named a caregiver he had hired, Edith Marie Vanzant, 29, of 1228 Reedy Place, apartment 96, as a suspect. KPD Det. Randy Murray said an investigation revealed the woman's husband, Jonathan A. Vanzant, 32, used the victim's credit cards on 10 occasions.

Warrants were obtained for the suspects, with Kingsport police locating Edith Vanzant Monday on Terry Drive. She was arrested and charged with three counts of theft under $500 and fraudulent use of a credit card. She has been released form the Kingsport jail on bond.

Jonathan Vanzant's warrant was served at the Sullivan County jail in Blountville, where he is held on previous charges of forgery and violation of probation. He was charged by Kingsport police with one count of theft under $500, and 10 counts each of fraudulent use of a credit card, identity theft and forgery.

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