Canton woman charged with breaking and entering, larceny

Aug 20, 2014

CANTON — A Canton woman was recently arrested for breaking into a family member's home, having a party and stealing various items, including a car.

The victim left her Canton home to spend a few days out of town in late July and left her sister in charge of keeping an eye on the home and taking care of the animals in her absence. But when her sister came by, she found the dogs were out of the house and the hot tub was turned on.

When the victim returned home, she not only found her vehicle was gone from the garage, but her dresser drawers had been rifled through with items missing.

Though the victim had left her front door unlocked so her sister could get in and take care of the animals, she suspected it was her niece, 46-year-old Kim Palmer, who had broken into her home.

Among the items missing were a piggy bank with about $100 in quarters, a collection of antique and foreign coins, a digital camera, various power tools and other miscellaneous items.

The victim told police this isn't the first time her niece has stolen from her. Back in the spring, she claimed she stole a blue automatic handgun, prescription pain medication and a television.

According to police reports, Palmer told her aunt she had just borrowed the vehicle because a friend had dropped her off at her aunt's house, but she had no other way to get home. She admitted to getting in the hot tub and said she had a party at her aunt's house.

The vehicle was found in Palmer's driveway and was returned to the victim. Palmer also told police she had "borrowed" the weedeater and leaf blower for her own yard and intended to return it.

Palmer was arrested and charged with felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering and felony possession of stolen goods. She was jailed under $3,500 secured bond and is due in court Sept. 24.