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Police: Nursing assistant stole cash, credit card from patient's wife

Posted at 5:05 PM, Jan 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-06 06:34:18-05

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A nursing assistant stole money and a credit card from the wife of an 87-year-old patient and put down a payment on a Jeep, according to police.

Timothy Fenster, 21, an employee at a nursing company, was hired in late November to provide in-home nursing care to the couple in Delray Beach. The patient died away a few days later, police said.

A short time later they patient’s wife noticed $107 was missing from her drawer, and she was also missing her credit card. She called the police.

The South Florida SunSentinel reported the woman's credit card statement showed charges at Walmart, McDonald’s and a local car dealership. An employee at the dealership told police that Fenster used the same credit card to put $1,000 toward a down payment on a Jeep, police said.

Fenster was arrested on Friday, and faces charges of grand theft from a person 65 or older, theft of a credit card and illegal use of credit cards to obtain goods. He could face additional charges, police said.

A lawyer wasn't listed on jail records.