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Nursing home employee charged with stealing from residents

By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon

An assisted living facility employee faces felony charges for allegedly stealing money and jewelry from a resident.

Ariel Reeves, 33, has been charged with exploitation of elderly and false declaration of ownership in pawn. The alleged theft took place in December at the Fountainbrook Assisted Living and Memory Care where Reeves was an employee, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The victim moved to the facility with her husband on Dec. 8. She noticed the money and jewelry were missing on Jan. 22, according to the report.

Reeves sold the victim’s jewelry to Joe’s Pawn Shop in Oklahoma City on Dec. 16. She told the pawnshop workers that she received the jewelry from a family member. 

Reeves told police that she bought the jewelry from another employee at Fountainbrook. The employee denied it. Reeves later said it was a different employee but couldn’t provide a name, police said.

The stolen jewelry and cash were valued at $3,000, according to police.

Reeves was arrested and booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on May 22. She was released the next day on $10,000 bond.

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