Paramedic cuts diamond ring from dead woman’s finger and pawns it, cops say

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An Arkansas paramedic is accused of cutting a diamond ring off a dead woman’s finger, then bringing it to a pawn shop.

Lisa Darlene Glaze was arrested Monday, weeks after the family of Gloria Robinson realized the woman’s nearly $8,000 ring was no longer on her finger when she was pronounced dead Oct. 16 at CHI St. Vincent Hot Spring hospital, according to the Sentinel Record. Robinson had been rushed to the hospital on account of an undisclosed medical emergency that proved fatal.

Glaze’s widow and daughter noticed the three rings Robinson was wearing at home were missing once they were given the dead woman’s personal effects at the infirmary. When Robinson’s daughter asked Glaze about the missing rings, the EMT “did not answer her and walked away,” according to the report.

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28 Comments on Paramedic cuts diamond ring from dead woman’s finger and pawns it, cops say

  1. This is more common than many may think. Auto accidents, plane crashes etc are like treasure hunts for some of the sleazier first responders.
    You’d like to think these people are noble and of sterling character but at least some are scum.

    I had a watch stolen when I was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

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  2. Well, the dead woman din’t need it no more!

    This shouldn’t surprise anyone.
    THIS is the mentality of those who support “Death” taxes.
    This is exactly what the gov’t does.

    Some EMT presumed to behave like the gov’t – that’s her offense.

    izlamo delenda est …

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  3. This story is absolutely disgusting to me. Emergency providers stand in a position of trust, and frequently not even consensual trust (except for the implied kind), as they can be called into action for people who are unresponsive and unable to speak for themselves, and do have a lot of alone time with the patient as typically one medic drives while the other ministers, so it is vital that there be some level of trust in the community for them.

    Also, there ARE legitimate reasons to remove or even cut rings off, depending on the problem being addressed due to risks from swelling with some processes, and again this requires a level of trust that these articles will be safeguarded and returned to the appropriate people at the conclusion of the incident. It is not the highest priority as that priority is saving lives, but again without community goodwill any ambulance service, municipal or private, is dead.

    These are also people being entrusted with lives. If their ethics level is so low they will take property from a dying woman, how can we possibly believe they are faithfully executing the duties of their office otherwise?

    This person, if these facts are correct, has violated the most basic trust of one human being to another. Never mind violating any oaths, professional standards, or any rules of Man, this is a violation of the laws of God as well, and a big black eye on the entire profession that will becloud every run in which personal property is removed. This is particularly bad because there are also times that there are misunderstandings, such as a family member is USED to seeing a particular piece of jewelry on someone but they didn’t happen to wear it that day, or it was stolen prior to the arrival of the squad or simply removed by another family member without the knowledge of the squad, or it was lost/stolen in the hospital chain of custody. Things happen, and again it’s not the highest priority, but WE need to know that OUR part of the trust is NEVER violated.

    When I was trained, I (and all of us) were told, unequivocally, that if we took so much as a dime from inside a house, a car, a person’s clothing, any personal properly at all, even temporarily because someone thinks it’s funny, we would be swiftly removed, taken into custody, and prosecuted to the full extent of the law, which was fairly severe for emergency providers acting under color of authority in municipal services. Again, we are in mostly unanticipated positions of trust and wearing the colors of the City and the American flag and with the mantle of authority granted by the Government, and any betrayal of this trust is not only a demonstration of a lack of personal decency, but is reflected on the hundreds of thousands of people throughout the Nation in that same position of trust who faithfully execute their trust every day, and makes THEIR job harder…and MAY cost someone their LIFE if that person or their family hesitates to call due to a concern that they will be robbed instead of helped.

    Healers CAN’T be allowed to behave like this. We have a duty to the City, the County, the State, the Country, and to God to discharge our duties to the best of our ability, acting faithfully in all matters with the lives that are entrusted to us. It matters not if it is friend or foe, bad person or good, sinner or saint…we MUST do our best. We are answerable for that to God, and God doesn’t brook any half-assed explanations or excuses. HE knows what you’re doing.

    As I said, though, there is ALWAYS a possibility that it was not present at the time, lost elsewhere in the chain of custody, or simply dropped and lost in the heat of the moment and could yet be found. it is ALSO possible that it did not exist and the family is making it up. Not everyone with a dead relative is a saint, either. Probably NOT the case here as the pawn shop employee can identify her and pawn shops ALWAYS have cameras, but it’s always a thing that investigators MUST take into account. Every medic has a presumption of innocence, too, or you’d never get ANYONE to do that job.

    Investigate thoroughly and as publicly as possible, give her full due process…and throw the book at her if it’s true. This is inexcusable.

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  4. manbearpig NOVEMBER 15, 2019 AT 1:41 AM
    “At least she left the finger.”

    …you may already be aware of this, but it really isn’t unusual that when there is a plane crash that help can’t get to immediately, or even a car crash in an isolated area, that the responders get there and find many of the corpses have their fingers cut off so ghouls can get the rings, usually with bolt cutters or something similarly rough and quick. Sometimes you can tell from the bleeding that the person wasn’t necessarily dead when it happened, either.

    I don’t know how this happens as often as it does, it’s almost like the ghouls are organized better than emergency services and track plane crashes more accurately, but it’s a fact at many mass casualties that it DOES happen.

    People suck. Even God loses patience with them sometimes, and this is one reason WHY…

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  5. gin blossom NOVEMBER 15, 2019 AT 6:13 AM
    “This is more common than many may think. Auto accidents, plane crashes etc are like treasure hunts for some of the sleazier first responders.
    You’d like to think these people are noble and of sterling character but at least some are scum.

    I had a watch stolen when I was taken to the hospital by ambulance.”

    I am sorry for your experience, @gin blossom, and I will not even attempt to dispute or defend it, as any group of people WILL have bad eggs in it. I will say this from the other side, though, that I never knew of anyone PERSONALLY that did anything like that, but I would not have hesitated to denounce and testify against him if I knew of one that HAD. I was friends with one guy who proved to have some issues in that he liked to set dumpster fires some nights so he could respond to them, and was fool enough to do this in a POV (Privately Owned Vehicle) with an EMERGENCY LIGHTBAR ON TOP OF IT, but once this was discovered it was going on (Swiftly, because of the aforementioned EMERGENCY LIGHTBAR), he was removed from the department, arrested, tried, and convicted, and it ended our friendship too because he was very well aware from conversations we had had at the firehouse in the past that I considered arsonist tantamount to someone who’s trying to directly murder ME since there’s always a risk, even in a dumpster fire, that someone can be injured or killed, and if the fire exists for no reason other than someone deliberately SET it, it’s a COMPLETELY unreasonable and unconscionable risk, and inexcusable as well because it represented a threat in HIS case to people with whom he shared a camaraderie of danger with and KNEW the risk and chose to impose it on his comrades anyway. It was no different, to me, than if a soldier had told an enemy where their position was so he could enjoy shooting back with his squad.

    Also, it was someone I thought I knew, because we had run together a long time and shared many dangers, and I had saved him from falling into a basement on one occasion when he went through a window and found there was no floor where he THOUGHT there was in a burning building, and only God could have granted MY (at the time) very skinny ass the strength to have held up a fully-equipped and slightly overweight fellow firefighter in that extreme situation even though I knew him not then, but that’s a story for another day. The point is, that what I THOUGHT was a good friend and faithful comrade never told me ANYTHING about his nighttime sorties, never even HINTED, just exposed me and my fellows to needless dangers and made us ALL look bad, me ESPECIALLY because it was assumed that, because we were close, I would have known SOMETHING about it. I didn’t, but I had no problem with his incarceration, and would have gladly helped if I could have.

    He ran with multiple agencies, too, he was a bit of a glory hound, and the paper listed them ALL, so he made them ALL look bad. This is despicable.

    …so, all I can tell you, @gin blossom, is that like the Police, like the Military, like ANY group of predominantly young men, there ARE bad actors. No doubt about it. All I can say is that from my PERSONAL experience from the the other side, I would like to believe there are more GOOD than BAD, and that we DO try to correct these things when found.

    So, on behalf of emergency services generally, I can only apologize. I can’t tell you it will never happen again, but if no entity of Man settles with him, rest assured that God will, in due time and in full measure…

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  6. Enterprising Americans, learning everyday from politicians with a “D” who magically become rich.

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  7. Tow truck drivers steal a lot of shit out of wrecked vehicles too. This is one of the sources for the stolen gun market.

    If you keep a handgun in your vehicle, please get a SnapSafe and keep your gun locked up in it. They’re only $9.99 at Academy Sports

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  8. Mansfield lovell
    NOVEMBER 15, 2019 AT 8:04 AM
    “Tow truck drivers steal a lot of shit out of wrecked vehicles too. This is one of the sources for the stolen gun market.”

    ..this is why I don’t like to “off body” carry, that and, if I have to get out of the vehicle unexpectedly for some reason (say, an accident) and a situation arises where I NEED it, there probably isn’t time to go back and GET it.

    …CCW is ANOTHER reason you need some level of trust that the LEO,FF, and EMT won’t steal your weapon. If you’re down, someone WILL take posession of it. You can only hope it’s someone honorable, because if it’s NOT, the FBI may come knockin’ one day about that bank robbery your wheelgun participated in…

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  9. bet she’s a democrat

    with such upstanding politicians in our government is it any wonder we have any civility left at all?

    and we wonder why the children behave the way they do.

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  10. A friend back in CA’s wife gave him a Rolex for the previous Christmas.
    Had a massive coronary & died walking into work one morning.
    Some one “rendered aid” & relieved him of it.
    Terrible to think that was the last thing he felt, being robbed.
    I hate thieves; shooting’s too good for them.

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  11. You have to wonder how many times she’s done stuff like this?
    I had a plumber friend once that passed out while on the way home from a job and crashed, people pulled over to help (themselves) and picked his truck apart and took his power tools.
    We tend to think everybody thinks like us, they don’t.

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  12. Tiger Eyes NOVEMBER 15, 2019 AT 9:56 AM
    “Are we sure she didn’t take her life too?”

    …no, actually. That’s what I said about being worthy of a position of trust. If you betray ONE trust, it is reasonable to then suppose you betrayed them ALL.

    …with that in mind, I would hope THAT aspect gets heavily investigated as well..

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  13. @Gristle: The dyke will fit right in in prison, she may ask to become a permanent resident. Out of sight – out of mind.

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  14. Okay, I’ll go back when I have more time to read ALL SNS, but let me bring another “facet” into play on this one.

    “That band had reportedly been cut when investigators discovered it at Hot Springs Classic Guns and Pawn, according to CBS. The shop was selling it for $45. Cops say a shop employee confirmed it was Glaze who sold the ring — appraised at $7,946.63 — to Hot Springs Classic Guns and Pawn.”

    What kind of idiots accept whatever was paid out that would allow them to resell for $45. and what level of incompetence doesn’t know what they’re looking at with a 1.7 carat diamond? The gold content in the band is worth more than $45.

    Guess it’s time to start visiting the pawns to capitalize on their mistakes. Usually it was my experience that the mistake was made in the other direction when they tried to sell crap that wasn’t real. Don’t have the ability (or time right now) to tell stories like SNS, but ran a buying operation for about six years and yes mistakes can be made.

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  15. Back…

    And as an aside, although I’m not sure the thread will be followed any further…

    Have cut off any number of rings for customers who came into the shop as we have the ability to do a better cleaner job than an emergency room who has other concerns like making sure the finger is not damaged by overdue cutting of the ring when some people have waited too long to get it cut off. Our “ring cutter” does/did a better/cleaner job that is more easily repaired after. The butcher job can end up needing a reshank on the ring which is much more expensive.

    Many ER’s have the “ring cutters” but the interesting part is all the new “alternative metals” used for wedding bands. The old version of the “ring cutters” WILL NOT cut off the titanium, ceramic and other bands that many are now wearing. They actually have to be shattered or broken off the finger and there is a handy little tool available to do it with. Wondering how many ER’s have one in inventory or whether they will be calling maintenance to send someone to try and remove the offending ring. Thought it might be a side business to sell the new tool to the hospital systems to stock in their ER’s, but never followed up on that one. Under a hundred dollars that comes with safety glasses and instructions as the ring does shatter when removed. Kit could be sanitized and reused or just charge for replacement. Okay, I don’t want to compete with SNS’s length…

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