Thieves arrested for stealing from dying woman - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Thieves arrested for stealing from dying woman

A terminally ill woman says her neighbors stole medicines and irreplaceable family heirlooms from her.  The 36-year-old Bullitt County mother says she's lost close to $20,000 worth of items just from inviting a few neighbors over to paint their nails.

Michelle, terminally ill says, "Everything was gone. At that point, my heart sunk. I was like, no way did my neighbors just steal from me."  .

The woman has tumors growing along her spinal cord. The former nurse says she may have only months to live. "I've just been living this year, since they told me, and let God take me the way he wants to take me.  Then this happened to me.  I feel so violated."

Michelle says she went days without her medicines, after they were stolen. Officers arrested her neighbor 18-year-old Charlotte Clark on Friday.

Detective Scotty McGaha, Bullitt County Sheriff's Dept. says, "Her little girl has a birthday coming up Saturday. She was crying at the residence, when we arrested her, by not seeing her daughter. But when you commit these kinds of crimes, especially as terrible as this is against someone who's terminally ill, then that's the price you're going to have to pay." 

Friday night Metro police arrested Charlotte's uncle James Ronald Clark. They say he sold some of the stolen items for drugs.  McGaha says two other teenage neighbors also may have been involved.

Michelle says she invited the girls over for the first time last month because they wanted her to paint their toenails. Michelle says the thieves went upstairs, pretending to use the bathroom but instead, stole things from the rooms, hid them in their clothing, and then headed outside, pretending to go on a smoke break.

Michelle says, "My dad's gone. It was the only thing I had from my dad." Jewelry he passed down to Michelle was stolen. There are empty spaces in her home, where there used to be collectible DVD's, video games, an X-BOX, and credit cards from her wallet.

Michelle says she now fears for her life, not just because of her potentially fatal disorder but because she says she's received threats for reporting her stolen items to police.

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