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Accused grandma kidnapper charged with stealing from elderly

Posted September 29, 2010
Updated September 30, 2010

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— A West End man charged with taking his grandmother on a crime spree faces separate charges involving the theft of all of the money from an elderly woman's savings account.

The man's girlfriend was also charged in the case.

On June 10, a woman told the Moore County Sheriff's Office that someone had stolen credit cards and withdrawn money from a savings account belonging to her mother, who is in a nursing home.

Christopher Edward Puckett, 27, and Kristy Jean Kimball, 31, both of 113 Christopher Lane, were charged in that case last Friday after being arrested a day earlier during a search by sheriff's deputies and the state Highway Patrol.

The boyfriend and girlfriend had been wanted in a series of break-ins in which authorities say Puckett forced his 87-year-old grandmother to accompany him. She was unharmed.

In connection with the two cases, Puckett and Kimball both face five counts each of felony forgery of instrument and uttering a forged instrument; three counts each of identity theft, financial card theft and financial card fraud; two counts each of breaking and entering, larceny and possession of stolen property; and one count of exploiting elderly trust.

Puckett has also been charged with second-degree kidnapping.

Both suspects were being held Wednesday in the Moore County Detention Center and were scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 4.

Puckett was released from prison last November after serving about 1½ years for 2008 convictions for driving while impaired, speeding to elude arrest and probation violations, according to state Department of Correction records. The probation stemmed from 2006 convictions for second-degree trespassing and DWI.

DOC records show that Kimball had been sentenced to probation for a March conviction for obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

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  • Wolfheel Tarpack Sep 29, 2010

    Low life! I am curious how he got the kidnapping charge? I know of a case in Durham (yeah, I know that should explain it) where Elderly Social Services were called twice to investigate, more than $60,000 taken, photos from ATM secured, forged Social Security checks, etc. and the DA said not enough evidenced. Oh, and the person admitted to it to both a Sheriff and the DA. The elderly victim suffers from Alzheimers, thus they said they couldn't press charges because the victim couldn't be interviewed!!! Similar situation with crime sprees the characters left the elderly in the car with three children while they passed fake prescriptions. CRAZY! Will probably get a probation and on the the next victim!

  • wildcat Sep 29, 2010

    poor grandmother drag into their mess. i am glad she will not be charge.

  • Sea Chell Sep 29, 2010

    SAD!
    And your owe grandmother!

  • carltonstephen2 Sep 29, 2010

    where are the hateful comments??

  • Baybee Doll Sep 29, 2010

    Shame on them.

  • Mr. Keeping It Real Sep 29, 2010

    Seems apparent they'll have some "time" to think about what they did. How lame...do these individuals have to pay restitution to their victims (not that they'll ever be able to work anywhere). Geez...again...how lame.

  • john283594 Sep 29, 2010

    I'm SMH too, these lowlife druggies.

  • garnertoy Sep 29, 2010

    Some people

  • bronzegoddess40 Sep 29, 2010

    Hmmmm, no comments on these two. I can hear the crickets. SMH.