PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - A Johnson County woman says she was trying to lend a helping hand and instead ended up with items being stolen from her home.
Cathy Meadows says she let someone stay with her to get back on his feet, and he stole thousands of dollars worth of items and pawned them.
"I was attempting to help a young person, a young man, straighten his life out, get off drugs and stay off drugs," said Meadows.
She says she invited 31-year-old Daniel Branham to stay with her, but she says it was not long before things went wrong.
"Unfortunately he got back on drugs, and when he did he stole all kinds of stuff from my home," said Meadows.
Deputies say Meadows reported nearly $2,000 worth of items stolen.
They say they found several of them at a local pawn shop, where employees told deputies the man sold them for $275.
Deputies say crimes like this are hard to solve because until they start an investigation, pawn shop owners will not know the items are stolen.
"Once we start one then those items are already in there. They're not just going to run them again. They're going to sell them to somebody, and they're going to be stolen," said Deputy Byron Fairchild.
Meadows says it bothers her that her items were pawned without her knowledge.
"I feel more angry than I do upset that it's so easy to pawn something that doesn't belong to you," she said.
Deputies say they will present the case to the grand jury.
Branham could not be reached for comment.