Panhandler accused of stealing silver and guns from Muncie woman
MUNCIE, Ind (Dec. 21, 2015)- A Muncie panhandler is accused of stealing from a woman who befriended him and tried helping him turn his life around.
Jeffrey Kidd considers himself a modern day Robin Hood, stealing from the rich and dishing it out to the poor, but his plan landed him in the Delaware County Jail.
“Everything he told me was apparently a lie,” said “Jane.”
Jane asked CBS4 to conceal her identity. She says that she formed a relationship with Kidd while he was panhandling on a busy street corner. Jane recently lost her husband and has been searching for a way to give back and help someone in need.
“He said all the right things and I thought that I was investing in their spiritual lives,” said Jane.
Jane welcomed Kidd, his wife and kids into her west side Muncie home. She provided them with a car, financial advice and a warm meal whenever they asked.
“I gave them a refrigerator, a washer, a dryer and a furniture store locally gave them a bed,” said Jane.
However, their relationship quickly changed after Jane grew suspicious of Kidd.
“I opened my safe one day to get a passport out and I was missing silver and guns. It was worth $20,000,” said Jane.
Court documents confirm that a Smith and Wesson special revolver was one of several firearms stolen from the safe.
“I’m disappointed in them and angry with them because the guns were going to be inherited by my husband’s nephews,” said Jane.
“I did take the silver from her but didn’t take anything else from her,” said Kidd during an interview with CBS4 from the Delaware County Jail.
“She is saying I took a bunch of guns, but I didn’t take any guns,” said Kidd.
Kidd admits to taking the silver and playing Robin Hood with the cash. He says he gave it to complete strangers because he wanted to help people the same way Jane helped him. Court documents say he also paid for his rent and utilities with cash from the stolen items.
“She had helped us out so much and I wanted to feel like that. I slipped up and made a mistake and that’s all there is to it,” said Kidd.
Despite feeling betrayed, Jane still wants to help those who are less fortunate, but she will be more cautious in the future.
“There are a lot of good people who probably need help, but maybe before you invest so much of your time I suggest you take a step back and see what they are really made of,” she said.
“When I get out of here I want to give you everything back,” Kidd said. “I want to make amends and I want to pay everything back. I will do that.”
Kidd faces three counts of theft and is being held on $10,000 bond.