A Gallatin woman was arrested last Monday on charges of stealing from a bed-ridden couple for whom she gave care.
The victim's daughter notified Gallatin police of the situation on Thursday, May 3.
She told police her family hired Melissa Pewitt, 32, of Dobbins Pike, as a sitter for her mother and father, both of whom were bed-ridden, to care for the couple in October of 2011, according to an affidavit filed in Sumner County General Sessions Court.
Pewitt, according to the victim's daughter, “had admitted to her and other siblings when confronted, that she had committed thefts of household items, medications, and towels and washcloths from their parents' home,” Detective Ron Brawner wrote in the affidavit.
Brawner also reported the family had “forgiven her for those thefts and kept her in their employ,” but when the man Pewitt was caring for died in the spring, the family began to notice other items missing.
“Included in that list were two rings belonging to (the man),” Brawner wrote in the affidavit. “(I) checked pawn records and discovered that on 11-15-2011 two rings matching those (described as missing) were pawned...by Melissa Dawn Pewitt, who is the sitter hired by the (family).”
On May 7, Brawner interviewed Pewitt, according to the affidavit, and she “admitted to the theft of the rings, the theft of Christmas presents, household items, three piggy-banks full of old silver coins and prescription medications which she said she took to help her sleep.”
Pewitt was arrested and held in the Sumner County Jail on $3,000 bond. Her court date was set for June 6.
By Josh Nelson