Police: caretaker stole from elderly dementia patient - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Police: caretaker stole from elderly dementia patient

John Sims, photo courtesy Shelby County Jail. John Sims, photo courtesy Shelby County Jail.

(WMC-TV) - He was supposed to take care of an elderly dementia patient, but police say instead, John Sims helped himself to the man's bank account.

Sims was hired to take care of the man last summer and during that time police say he wrote almost $5,000 worth of checks to himself from the victim's wallet.

Sims allegedly walked into a First Tennessee Bank on 19 different occasions - he was caught when a loss prevention specialist at the bank provided video and copies of the checks to Memphis police.

John Sims first check that was cut was dated July 2011 and investigators say he continued to write checks for a little over two months.

At no point during his employment was Sims given permission to use the victim's check book. Despite the elderly man's dementia, he knew he didn't write or give several checks to Sims for extra pay days.

No one came to the door at Sims' last known address in Whitehaven .

Neighbors in the area say they don't know the man, but wonder who could have been living among them.

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