An Arkansas paramedic was busted for allegedly stealing a dead patient’s diamond by cutting the ring from the woman’s finger, officials said.
Lisa Darlene Glaze, who works at CHI St. Vincent Hospital, was arrested Monday on felony theft charges after the ring was sold to a pawn shop in Hot Springs, the Sentinel-Record reported.
Police said Glaze cut the gold band of a 1.7-carat diamond off the hand of Gloria Robinson, who died Oct. 16 at the hospital.
Robinson’s belongings were given to two of her relatives, who noticed three of her rings were missing, leading them to confront Glaze about the jewels, authorities said.
But they said Glaze either “did not answer her or walked away,” according to police.
Days later, two of the rings were recovered but a third remained unaccounted for, the outlet reported.
A local pawn shop told authorities that a woman had sold a diamond with a severed band to them on Oct. 24.
The woman, who provided a driver’s license for the transaction, was identified by employees as Glaze, police said.
Glaze was taken into custody and released on $4,500 bond, according to officials.
The hospital said the paramedic was placed on administrative leave without pay following her arrest, the outlet reported.
“CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs places a priority on the safety and well being of our patients and our healing ministry is committed to their security while in our care,” the hospital said in a statement.
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