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Accused grandma kidnapper charged with stealing from elderly

Posted September 29, 2010 12:24 p.m. EDT
Updated September 30, 2010 8:16 a.m. EDT

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On June 10, a woman told the Moore County Sheriff's Office that someone had stolen credit cards and withdrawn money from a savings account belonging to her mother, who is in a nursing home.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