MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 24-year-old Red Wing woman is accused of stealing a wedding ring from a hospice care patient and pawning it, according to charges filed in Goodhue County.

Erin Kyla Russell faces one felony charge of theft in connection to the July 2015 incident.

According to the criminal complaint, Russell stole the ring from a patient, who is always in a sleeping state and was unable to communicate, at St. Brigids at Hi Park. She then allegedly pawned the ring at the Red Wing Pawn Shop.

During the investigation, Russell was identified in the pawn shop’s surveillance video. In it, she was seen wearing her name tag while selling the ring, the complaint said.

When confronted by health workers and police, Russell denied knowledge of the ring and told police she did not want to speak to an officer at the time. She was then arrested.

If convicted, Russell faces up to 5 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

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