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Police: Woman stole credit cards from Buhl nursing home resident

Times-News - 11/30/2023

Nov. 30—A woman is accused of stealing two financial transaction cards from a resident in a Buhl assisted living center and making more than $5,800 of unauthorized purchases, records say.

Shonay Lynn Shaw, 47, faces eight felonies, including exploitation of a vulnerable adult, two counts of grand theft, and five counts of fraud.

The Buhl Police Department was notified in May that Shaw, who was at that time employed at Autumn Breeze Assisted Living, had gained access to the cards owned by a man who suffers from dementia, records say.

Family members later investigated and told police they had uncovered unauthorized transactions, and police found security footage of Shaw making purchases at a number of stores while using the stolen credit and debit cards, including Walmart, Hobby Lobby, T.J. Maxx and Ridleys, records say.

In June, police officers asked Shaw to speak with them, but she informed them she would be out of the state for a month, records say. Police still had not spoken to her at the end of July and a warrant was requested.

Shaw made her initial court appearance Wednesday, with Magistrate Thomas Kershaw placing a $25,000 bond on Shaw and appointing a public defender, records say.

Her preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 8.

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