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Police: Women stole from grandmother

Two Medical Lake women are accused of stealing from their 91-year-old grandmother.

Twin sisters Jamee M. and Jackee D. Stearns, 23, were arrested Sunday after the alleged victim told police she'd returned from her hair appointment and found at least $300 missing from her purse at her home in the 700 block of East Ladd Street, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

The woman said her granddaughter, Jamee Stearns, had talked to her for several minutes while she was in her front yard and she suspected that her other granddaughter Jackee had entered her home through the backdoor at that time.

Jackee Stearns told Deputy Jeff Conway she stole the cash to pay rent, according to a news release by Sgt. Dave Reagan.

Conway "confirmed with her" that Jamee had distracted their grandmother so Jackee could commit the theft, Reagan said. Text messages on Jamee Stearns' phone showed she'd told her sister when to enter the home and when the grandmother was going back inside.

The sisters were booked into jail on charges of residential burglary and third-degree theft.

The grandmother said the women had stolen from her before and were not allowed around or inside her home, according to the sheriff's office.

News archives show the women each have convictions for second-degree theft in November 2009 after being arrested at their grandmother's home that summer.

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