Police searching for metro man accused of stealing $150k from terminally ill woman

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OKLAHOMA - Police are looking for a man accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a terminally ill woman.

"You know I think sometimes we put our beliefs and feelings on other people and there's bad people out there," said Capt. Jerry Kennedy with the Midwest City Police Department.

Police said the woman is staying at a metro nursing facility.

In November, officers got a call from her care takers.

"They realized that a man that had been staying with her has obtained power of attorney from the bank and then the payments to the nursing home and the bills were not getting paid anymore," Kennedy said.

During their investigation, police said they found David Ardoin, 57, withdrew over $150,000 from her bank account since August.

According to his arrest warrant, he bought a 2016 truck, paid a years’ worth of rent and had been gambling at a number of Oklahoma casinos.

When police first located Ardoin and asked him about the expenditures, he allegedly told officers the victim said he could use the money.

However, she told detectives she had never authorized the purchases.

"We don't like to see anyone taken advantage of that's not able to fend for themselves," Kennedy said. "I think it's a learning, an educational deal for all of us. Just be aware of, if you've got elderly parents or grandparents, you know, just be aware of who might try to befriend them.”

Police told NewsChannel 4 Ardoin has been hopping from hotel to hotel.

If you see him, call 911.