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Caregiver Sentenced to 4 Years for Stealing Jewelry from Clients

The 44-year-old woman from Arlington Heights stole $25,000 worth of jewelry from three mentally ill or physically impaired clients in the northern suburbs. The investigation began after a theft in Northfield Township.

WILMETTE-KENILWORTH, IL -- A 44-year-old Arlington Heights woman was sentenced Friday to four years in prison for stealing jewelry from a Northfield Township family whose homes she was working in as a caregiver, according to Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart.

Krisann Henderson was sentenced in Skokie Friday after pleading guilty in December to one count of residential burglary and one count of theft over $500, according to a release from the Sheriff's office. She also pleaded guilty in a Rolling Meadows court to two of the same count for thefts from an Arlington Heights home and a Schaumburg home. She was sentenced in those crimes to two years in prison and will serve the terms concurrently. 

In total, she stole $25,000 worth of jewelry, the release says, all from mentally ill or physically impaired clients. The stolen items include a 35-karat aqua marine stone broach, 10-karat gold tennis bracelet with 35 round diamonds and a pearl necklace.

The case started a year ago when a Northfield Township man told sheriff's police that some of his wife's jewelry was missing, the press release explains. He couldn't give further details because his wife was in the hospital.

Several months later, she called investigators and gave them the name of the company that provided her in-home care. The company gave investigators a list of caregivers who had worked for the couple, and they learned that Henderson was a customer at an Arlington Heights pawn shop for the past four years and had pawned several items after the Northfield Township theft, the release says.

Investigators then discovered the other two thefts. She pleaded guilty to all three last month.

According to the sheriff's office's press release, when the judge asked Henderson if she wished to say anything to the court before her sentencing, she replied, “I am very sorry for what I did.”

NHL January 13, 2013 at 04:32 AM
What a lowlife loser. Glad she was caught.
Ron January 13, 2013 at 04:23 PM
the same thing happened to my sister who is bipolar. She gave her caregiver the pass codes to her debit cards to pay her bills. The caregiver used her cards to get her hair done,gas for her car,nails done and countless other things,not to mention another client she was careing for where she stole checks and attempted to cash them at the bank. The sad thing is that these people depend on their caregivers to assist them in their daily chores of dealing with life and if they do choose to cross the boundry of trust should be imprisioned.
Kui Clearwater January 13, 2013 at 05:23 PM
I firmly bellieve these thiefs sould be prosecuted to the fullest extent. I am a personal care-giver who works 24 hours 7 days a week 365 days a year. I live in their house, clean their house, do their laundry and cook their meals. I make sure they recieve their medicines on time and that they take their meds. I often work for less than $600 a month. I have been with my present client for almost 18 months. I am not complaining just telling the facts. Her safety, care and comort are in my hands. I report to her family any changes going on in her life. on occasion I pay for the groceries and medications for her dog. I do these things out of love, not financial gain. To bad other care givers don't feel the same. To betray someone who depends on you is dispicable. They deserve the heaviest punishment the courts can give them.
Susan forster January 13, 2013 at 05:30 PM
I am a caregiver. I have had several clients hand me their debt cards and say get yourself some gas. I decline gracefully on those offers. There are people who truely need a caregiver to help them at home and then there are the lazy slobs who feel we are just maids to clean up the mess they throw all over their places. There are many who are getting caregivers nad I feel they do not need us, they can get up and do it for themselves. The government supplies us to them and these people get VERY lazy. believe me you need to come and see what I am talking about.
Nikki Parkinson January 13, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Dear Ms. Rossi ~ Please permit me to remember your name so when my time comes for a care giver I can request you personally. Otherwise, unfortunately, I believe my fate and experience would be more like the ones reported in these comments. I wish you were in the majority. Your kindness and virtue will be rewarded -- WHERE IT MATTERS!

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