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Home Healthcare Worker Accused Of Stealing Jewelry From Patient

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Police were working to determine whether a home healthcare worker, accused of stealing jewelry from a terminally ill cancer patient, has committed similar thefts in the past.

Metro Police charged 37-year-old Sheena Lashunda Gentry with three counts of theft.

The 85-year-old female victim noticed cash and jewelry, including a 1947 class ring, missing from her home during the fall. She notified police and said she suspected Gentry.

Detectives used pawnshop records to discover Gentry pawned the class ring, another ring, three bracelets, and two necklaces on two different dates in September.

The victim's daughter went to the pawnshop with a detective on December 26, and identified the jewelry as her mother's.

Gentry received a total of $900 for both sales. The jewelry, however, is valued in excess of $1,000.

Gentry, who worked for a Nashville company that provides home healthcare to seniors, is licensed by the state of Tennessee as a registered nurse. Nashville detectives have been in touch with state officials and have requested the initiation of administrative proceedings in regard to Gentry's license.

She was held in lieu of $35,000 bond.

During the investigation, police discovered Gentry has pawned 75 pieces of jewelry at multiple Nashville pawnshops since 2008. Detectives are now investigating whether other seriously ill patients and their families have been victimized.

Family members of anyone Gentry has worked over the past five years who believe they may have been victimized were asked to contact Detective Kevin Wallace at (615)862-7579.

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