Phippsburg nurse pleads guilty to stealing jewelry while caring for Bath man

Posted Aug. 08, 2013, at 12:42 p.m.

BATH, Maine — A Phippsburg nurse charged with stealing more $1,000 in jewelry from a Bath woman while caring for her husband in the couple’s home has pleaded guilty and will be sentenced later this month.

Stephanie Walker, 38, was initially indicted in Sagadahoc County on one count of Class B felony theft after Bath police said she stole gold, diamond, emerald, sapphire, pearl and other jewelry from a woman whose husband was in her care. The indictment was later amended to charge Walker with Class C theft, according to court documents.

A registered nurse working at the time for the agency Home Health and Healing, Walker cared for the man for approximately three years prior to her September 2012, arrest, documents state.

Walker’s attorneys argued that the victim was prone to drinking to the point of “blacking out,” and forgot days at a time. They also said that she had previously accused other nurses of stealing property that she had actually lost within the home.

But a September 2012 investigation by Bath police revealed that a gold bracelet valued at $2,250, matching one the victim said was missing, was sold by Walker to a South Portland pawn shop.

Walker initially said the victim had given her the bracelet.

A trial was scheduled for late August, but on July 24, Walker pleaded guilty to one count of Class C theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 27.

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