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Former health care worker charged with stealing from patient's home

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LINCOLNTON, NC (WBTV) -

A former health care worker from Cherryville has been charged with stealing from a patient in Lincoln County.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Detective Kelly Paris charged Laurie Ann Bowers, 33, of Cherryville, with one felony count each of Larceny Possession of Stolen Goods, and Obtaining Property by False Pretenses, according to a news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

Detective Paris reported that on September 1st a report was filed by Ken Houser of Startown Road in Lincolnton concerning the theft of a chainsaw, Gibson mandolin, and $400 in cash from the residence. 

A patient at the residence requires professional nursing care and the victim stated that he believed one of the health care workers may have been responsible for the theft.

After further investigation detectives discovered that Ms. Bowers had pawned the victim's chainsaw at Lincolnton Pawn Shop and the mandolin at a Lenoir pawn shop. 

Bowers gave a written statement admitting to the theft of the chainsaw and mandolin but denied taking the $400 in cash.

On September 14 she turned herself in at the Lincoln County Magistrate's Office.  She was processed at the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center and released on a $9,000 secured bond.

Investigation into the theft is continuing.

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