Crime & Courts

Caregiver charged with stealing jewelry from senior in Elmhurst


ELMHURST – An employee of an Elmhurst independent living facility has been charged with theft and burglary after allegedly stealing jewelry from an elderly resident, according to a DuPage County State's Attorney's Office news release.

Jossie Powell, 74, of the 300 block of Morris Avenue, Bellwood, appeared at a bond hearing the morning of April 13, where Judge Robert Miller set bond at $5,000, with 10 percent to apply, the release stated.

Powell, who was employed as a part-time caregiver for the victim, allegedly stole jewelry, including a men’s gold bracelet and a women’s white gold ring containing a ruby and diamonds, in mid-January, according to the release.

When the victim realized her jewelry was missing, she contacted the Elmhurst Police Department, which began an investigation. The investigation ultimately led to Powell, who now faces two felony charges, the release stated.

“The daily lives of those who require special in-home medical attention can be challenging enough,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release. “These individuals deserve our respect, care and comfort and should not have to worry about becoming a victim of theft. They are among society’s most vulnerable and the very notion that someone would steal from another in need is extremely disheartening."

Powell’s next court appearance is scheduled for May 10 in front of Judge George Bakalis.