Kingsport caregiver charged with theft

Rain Smith • Jan 22, 2013 at 2:31 AM

KINGSPORT — A woman hired to care for an elderly, bedridden Kingsport resident faces felony theft charges for allegedly stealing from her home.

According to Kingsport police and court records, Misty Michelle Hutchins, 32, 1621 Charles St., was located Friday at her residence and arrested. She is charged with theft over $1,000 and theft under $500.

Kingsport Police Department Detective Terry Christian said the victim in the case is a woman who hired Hutchins to care for her mother. Between Nov. 19 and Dec. 23, several items were taken from a residence in the Lynn Garden community, where Hutchins and other individuals were working.

According to statements from the victim, more than $7,000 worth of jewelry and cash had disappeared. One of those items, a two-toned pink stone and platinum ring valued at $2,300, was later located by police at Baker’s Jewelry on North Eastman Road.

According to court records, police also found a receipt for a wedding band — belonging to the elderly woman Hutchins was paid to care for — indicating it had been sold at Gold Rush on Fort Henry Drive.

Records from both transactions allegedly identified Hutchins as selling the jewelry. Christian said that during an interview with police, Hutchins had a receipt from one sale in her possession.

Hutchins was booked into the city jail on Friday.

Police said Hutchins was independently hired by the victim to care for her mother and was not the employee of a licensed caregiver business.

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