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Paramedic accused of cutting diamond ring off dead patient’s finger, pawning it
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Paramedic accused of cutting diamond ring off dead patient’s finger, pawning it

Paramedic accused of stealing diamond ring off dead patient’s finger, pawning it

Paramedic accused of cutting diamond ring off dead patient’s finger, pawning it

An Arkansas paramedic is charged with felony theft after authorities allege she cut a 1.7-carat diamond ring off a dead patient’s finger last month and pawned it for $45.

Lisa Darlene Glaze, 50, of Hot Springs Village, is charged with theft by receiving and misdemeanor transfer of stolen property to a pawn shop, according to Garland County court records. Arrested Monday, she has since been released on $4,500 bond.

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The Sentinel-Record in Hot Springs reported that Glaze, a paramedic at CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs, was one of the paramedics who attended to Gloria Farrar Robinson on Oct. 16 when the 72-year-old Whie Hall woman suffered a medical emergency. A probable cause affidavit obtained by the newspaper stated Robinson was taken to CHI St. Vincent, where she later died.

After Robinson died, her personal effects were given to her husband, identified in her obituary as Leonard Robinson, and her sister, Alesia Massey. Massey asked Glaze about three of Robinson’s rings that were missing.

Glaze “did not answer her and walked away,” according to the affidavit.

Robinson’s husband and sister went to Fuller Hale South Funeral Home in Pine Bluff two days later to make funeral arrangements, at which time they were given a bag with two of the missing rings, the Sentinel-Record reported.

A 1.7-carat diamond, gold solitaire ring was still missing. The ring, which was adorned with a marquise-cut diamond, had been cut off Robinson’s finger, according to the affidavit.

On Oct. 24, eight days after Robinson died, Glaze went to Hot Springs Classic Guns and Loan with a marquise-cut, solitaire diamond ring with a gold band. She sold the ring, which the pawnshop worker noted had a cut in the band, for $45, the court documents allege.

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Pictured in a January 2019 Street View image is Classic Guns and Loan, a Hot Springs, Arkansas, pawnshop. Paramedic Lisa Darlene Glaze, 50, is accused of cutting a diamond ring off the finger of a dead patient Oct. 16, 2019, and pawning it there.
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Paramedic accused of cutting diamond ring off dead patient’s finger, pawning it

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Pictured in a January 2019 Street View image is Classic Guns and Loan, a Hot Springs, Arkansas, pawnshop. Paramedic Lisa Darlene Glaze, 50, is accused of cutting a diamond ring off the finger of a dead patient Oct. 16, 2019, and pawning it there.

Glaze used her driver’s license for identification during the transaction, the Sentinel-Record reported.

Five days after the sale, a Montgomery County investigator went to the pawnshop and took photos of the ring, sending the images to Robinson’s husband and sister. Both identified the ring as belonging to the deceased woman, the affidavit said.

The pawnshop employee who bought the ring identified Glaze in a photo as the woman who sold the piece of jewelry, the Sentinel-Record reported.

Massey, Robinson’s sister, retrieved the ring from the pawnshop and had it appraised. The ring was determined to be worth nearly $8,000.

Robinson’s son, Ben Ellis, castigated Glaze in a Facebook post Wednesday, calling her an expletive before questioning her care of his dying mother.

“You stole my mother’s rings off her hands after she died?” Ellis wrote. “Did you let my mother die so you could steal her jewelry?”

A woman named Diane McAlister offered Ellis her condolences.

“Gloria was a wonderful, hardworking person. She respected everyone,” McAlister wrote. “I hope this person is prosecuted to the highest degree.”

According to her obituary, Robinson worked as a payroll officer at Southeast Arkansas College for more than 20 years.

Glaze has been placed on administrative leave with pay by the hospital, which issued a statement to the Sentinel-Record about the case.

“CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs places a priority on the safety and well-being of our patients and our healing ministry is committed to their security while in our care,” the statement read. The hospital is continuing to cooperate with the investigation, officials said.

If convicted, Glaze faces up to 10 years in prison on the felony theft charge and up to a year in county jail for the charge of selling stolen property to the pawnshop, the newspaper said.

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