A Hopkinsville grandmother is behind bars, accused of stealing big-ticket items from her neighbor and using her own grandchildren to pull off the crime. Now, the grandmother's firing back, saying she's the victim of a lie.
"I felt bad, and I felt stupid for trying to help a person and then it come back to bite me this way," said Sharon Owens.
Sitting in the Christian County Jail, Owens claimed her good name's being ruined.
"I'm not a thief," said Owens. "I'm not going to steal something from you and then tell you where it's at and tell you to come and get it. What thief does that?"
Owens' next door neighbor Dominicka Matlock said Owens came into her Jan Drive apartment and stole clothes, jewelry, a flat-screen TV and a Playstation 3, all with the help of two of her grandchildren, ages 13 and 11.
"You would hope a grandparent would set a good example, but in this incident, that wasn't the case," said Ofc. Paul Ray of the Hopkinsville Police Department.
Owens told a very different story of what happened at the apartment. She said she had permission to clean the apartment next door with Matlock moving away. Owens' boyfriend, Gary Smith, said they stored Matlock's belongings in their own apartment until Matlock could come pick them up.
"It's sad because when people try to do the right thing and help folks out, you always end up getting slapped in the face," said Smith.
"She came to get it, and the next thing I know the police are coming, the detectives are there, and I catch a burglary charge," said Owens.
Matlock said items including the TV and Playstation 3 are still missing.
"Those items were not in that home," said Owens.
"Owens was giving these items to people that she knew," said Ray. "Our detective and his investigation was able to determine that and recover some items, but some items are still missing."
Now waiting on her day in court, Owens said sitting in jail is not how she wanted to be seen by the five grandchildren in her custody.
"Now, I'm not no angel," said Owens. "I'm not a perfect person. I've been in trouble before. I've changed my life for the better. I've changed it for the sake of my grandchildren. Now here I am, struggling to free myself of an accusation that's not true."
Hopkinsville police said the cost of the items stolen by Owens add up to nearly $9,000. Owens argued any items of Matlock's she was keeping for her have been returned.
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