LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A woman posing as a home health nurse has been arrested after deputies believe she burglarized numerous homes over the last couple of weeks while the residents were present.
Thursday, her charges were upgraded, too.
Purse after purse is stacked up on Chief Investigator Travis Clemmons’ desk at the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department.
Evidence collected after what Clemmons described as a bizarre set of burglaries.
“At this time we have approximately 10 known,” said Clemmons, “And they are growing already.”
Investigator Clemmons said Carolyn Clemons Watson would pose as a nurse coming to check on the elderly, and while there she would steal what-ever she could get her hands on.
In some instances, investigators said Watson would bring along a 4-year-old child to act as an accomplice.
“She would send them to the bathroom and would later go check on the child, and at that point in time is when we feel she was stealing medications, she was stealing purses,” stated Clemmons.
So brazen in fact, Clemmons said the suspect would randomly enter the homes of people and say she was looking for someone.
Several of the homes were in the Belle-Meade subdivision near Florence.
“She was walking in unannounced,” explained Clemmons. “We have one victim who was downstairs and heard something upstairs, she was standing at the top of the stairwell when he walked up.”
Watson’s charges have been upgraded to include:
-5 counts of burglary
-3 counts of theft of property
-6 counts of financial exploitation
-1 count of elderly exploitation
-3 counts of endangering the welfare of a child
The Department of Human Resources has been called in to assist investigators in determining how to handle custody of the 4-year-old.
If you believe you may be a possible victim in this case you are urged to call the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department at (256) 760-5757.