Scammed senior citizen gets stolen items back

Crooks nabbed jewelry, cash from elderly woman on Northside

By Scott Johnson - Reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - This past spring, scammers used religion to help them steal from an elderly woman on Jacksonville's Northside.

Channel 4 first told you about Rosalee Hickox's story a few months ago when scammers pretending to be overtly Christian said they would help Hickox fix her roof.

"I hate to criticize anybody speaking to the Lord, but it was a simple-minded prayer, then he took his ointment out and anointed me in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost," said Hickox.

While that was happening, two other crooks who were helping in the scam cased her home and stole valuable jewelry out of her jewelry box.

"Scott, I was just devastated, I just felt like I'll never get them back. I'll never see them again," said Hickox.

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Hickox recently received some good news, almost a year and a half after she was robbed.

One of the scammers, Norma Jean Jeffery (pictured, below), is now in jail and the judge is making her pay back the $320 she stole from Hickox.

Police were also able to track down Hickox's stolen jewelry.

"Oh, I am so pleased," said Hickox. "They're worth a million to me because my son's been dead for 14 years, my husband, 26."

"That's your link to them?" asked Channel 4's Scott Johnson.

"Yes," said Hickox.

Channel 4 Crime Analyst Ken Jefferson said pawning the jewelry may have been one of the ways police caught Jeffery.

"This is a happy ending to a bad story because had they not pawned the jewelry and other items, she may have never got them back," said Jefferson. "They're very hard to trace outside of the pawn shop itself, and it goes to show you they could care less of real value is, they're just trying to make a quick buck."

As for the other two suspects involved in this scam, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office told Hickox that they are continuing to look for the others involved in the scam.

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