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Police: Woman stole from mother to buy crack cocaine

— A 31-year-old Albany woman was arrested for allegedly stealing money from her mother to buy crack cocaine, according to information from Albany police.

Kimberly Kennedy was arrested on Wednesday, March 21, and charged with grand larceny in the third degree, criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree and possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, according to Albany police.

Police said Kennedy and her boyfriend, Ivan Hempstead, who was also arrested, charged more than $9,000 to Kennedy's mother's credit card and cashed close to $4,000 in checks from her bank account to buy crack cocaine.

Hempstead, 37, of 504 Third Ave. in Watervliet, was arrested and charged in February with petit larceny, criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth and fifth degrees and possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, according to police.

Kennedy and Hempstead allegedly used the credit card to buy gift cards and then sell them on the street for the half the value and used the credit card to purchase gas at local gas stations for other customers in return for cash, according to police. Kennedy and Hempstead also used cash from the credit card purchases and bank withdrawals to purchase crack cocaine, said police.

Kennedy's mother initially notified police last December when she discovered through her credit card company that someone had made $9,667 worth of charges on her credit card without her knowledge and then discovered almost $4,000 had been withdrawn from her bank account through cashed checks between November and December, said police.

Kennedy lived with her mother at the time that the thefts occurred and initially fled the area, being arrested Wednesday when she returned to her mother's home, said police.

Police said additional charges are expected.

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