LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. — Authorities have arrested a woman they say stole nearly a half-million dollars in cash and gold from a Southern California home and drove the owner to suicide.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department says Yelena Kellum of Santa Clarita was arrested last week as she was preparing to leave the country. She’s jailed Tuesday. It’s unclear if she has a lawyer.
Authorities say deputies went to a Lake Elsinore home on Jan. 27 after a resident tried to commit suicide.
That person has recovered.
Authorities say other family members reported the theft of cash and gold bars and coins and supplied the name of a suspect.
On Friday, investigators searched Kellum’s home and a storage unit. They’ve recovered more than $347,000 in cash, $150,000 in precious metals and a stolen gun.