SARASOTA -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has charged a husband and wife with stealing from a disabled World War II veteran who allowed them to live in his home, according to a news release.
The 87-year-old victim contacted deputies in September when he discovered a few pieces of his jewelry were missing. He later realized a large amount of jewelry that belonged to his late wife worth an estimated $50,000 was also stolen, according to the report.
Kevin Babbidge and his wife Christina have known the victim for 10 years and moved in with him in late August to help care for him, the sheriff's office said.
"Detectives learned that within days, Kevin pawned several pieces of jewelry, but also found records showing he pawned items believed to have belonged to (the victim) in 2012, when (the victim) was paying him $200 a week to clean his home," the report states.
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Detectives have recovered about $7,600 worth of the stolen jewelry.
Kevin and Christina Babbidge were arrested Thursday morning and charged with exploitation of the elderly. They are being held on bonds of $50,000 each.
Additional charges are pending, according to the sheriff's office.