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Former Nursing Home Worker Charged With Stealing From Residents

Police said the man stole and pawned the rings. The defendant said he found the rings in a washing machine at Delmar Gardens West in Town and Country.

UPDATE: The following information was supplied by the Town and Country Police Department and court documents. It does not indicate a conviction where an arrest was made.

A 48-year-old man faces a criminal charge after police said he stole jewelry from a nursing home resident in Town and Country.

Anthony Chatman of the 100 block of Hawkesbury Drive in Cool Valley, was charged last Monday with felony theft.

According to the probable cause statement, Town and Country Police said Chatman, who formerly was a laundry worker for Delmar Gardens West nursing home, stole two gold and diamond rings from a resident in the

Police said an investigation into thefts at the facility revealed that people saw Chatman going in and out of residents’ rooms, which was against Delmar Gardens policy for laundry workers.

Police discovered he sold two rings, valued at a total of $800, to a pawn shop. The rings belonged to a Delmar Gardens resident.

Chatman denied taking the rings from the room, according to the police report. He said he found the rings in a washing machine, but made no attempt to return them to the owner.

Bail was set at $25,000 for Chatman.

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Debra Williams October 22, 2012 at 11:47 AM
I am a lawyer and believe in the importance of our US Constitution. Although this person may well be 'guilty', at this point he has been arrested and charged. At some point there will be an arraignment etc.. He may even plead guilty. But, I really wish the press would respect and remember our Constitution which includes quite a bit about 'due process' when charged with a crime. It would be nice if you reported these things in this manner and I believe it would elevate your 'believability'. Finally, if you use the proper language and follow the process, you would actually be educating readers about the legal due process, as most do not know about it. A long time ago, this was established to work against public lynchings, being convicted and punished without any way for a person to defend themselves. In the end, this fellow may even plead guilty, but, until then, he has been charged with this crime and unless you spoke with him and he gave you a statement, you should identify the source of your information- whether it is in the report charging him, or given to you by someone else. I don't know this guy and if he is guilty it is reprehensible- but I do know a little about our legal system and it is important to us all that everyone remember it. Your reporting would then be accurate and probably very educational, as most people do not and think that TV Crime shows are the way it works...Thanks for considering this.
Gabrielle Biondo October 22, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Debra - thank you for your feedback. I do believe the reporting is accurate, we do state that he is charged, but I agree that the source of the information should be included and will be added to the article. Thank you!
Bobbie Crawford November 04, 2012 at 05:04 AM
Who are we to judge. A person is innocent until proven guilty. If the resident said the rings were worth $800. The rings were worth about $550 (or less). He is still a friend of mine. He would have never stolen from anyone, but desperate times calls for desperate actions.

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