CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — A man working as a caregiver for the elderly was arrested and accused of stealing from one of his clients last week, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO).
The theft case was first reported to the Sheriff's Office on December 7. The agency said that an elderly victim was under the care of an in-home provider. The alleged victim suffers from dementia and lives alone near Shady Cove.
"The investigation led to the discovery of the care provider making multiple unauthorized cash withdrawals from the victim’s account using her ATM card at an ATM machine," the Sheriff's Office said. Those withdrawals happened in October and November of 2019.
Last Friday, deputies arrested 31-year-old Tyson Chad Lee Sledge at his home in the 400-block of N 1st Street in Central Point. He was lodged at the Jackson County Jail and charged with four counts of Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree, four counts of Identity Theft, and one count of Theft in the First Degree.
JCSO said that Sledge was employed by Interim Health Care, but the company has fully assisted with the investigation. Interim also notified all other clients that Sledge had worked with.
Investigators believe that Sledge may have had other clients that he contracted with privately. If you are concerned that you or someone you know may have been the victim of similar crimes involving this suspect, please contact Deputy Duke, Jackson County S.O. at 541-973-4126.