Local duo watching elderly woman's home accused of theft

HEWITT, Texas (KWTX) A man and woman were in jail Thursday for allegedly stealing from a 95-year-old woman from Hewitt while she was in rehab recovering from a fall.

Michael Bonner Jr. and Canela Farmer-Bravo. (Jail photos)

Hewitt Police have charged Michael Bonner Jr., 46, and Canela Farmer-Bravo, 40, with third-degree felony theft of an elderly person.

Bonner had an additional theft charge out of Tarrant County.

He remained jailed Thursday night in lieu a $15,000 bond.

Farmer-Bravo had three additional charges out of Hill County including theft and two counts of bail-jumping.

She remained jailed Thursday night in lieu of bonds totaling $24,500.

According to Hewitt Police Chief Jim Devlin, the two were responsible for taking care of an elderly woman's home and animals while she was in rehab from July to September.

When the victim returned to her residence in the 200 block of W. Wall St., she called police after noticing several items were missing including jewelry valued at about $3,100.

Detectives checked with local pawn shops and found receipts and tickets showing a man and woman with the same names had pawned several items for cash including jewelry that matched the description of what the victim was missing, Devlin said.

"We recovered the items from the pawn shop, showed them to her, and she identified them as being hers," said Devlin. "We also later caught them on video pawning the items."

The duo had told his detectives they weren't in the Waco area on the dates of the pawn receipts, Devlin said.

After his detectives obtained warrants, Devlin believes the suspects were arrested in the DFW metroplex Wednesday.