34 year old carer arrested for stealing from, and defrauding, elderly patients
The National Police have arrested a 34-year-old woman for committing four thefts and two acts of fraud in Santa Cruz, against elderly people with physical disabilities, who she was working as a carer for, via a social welfare services company.
The investigation began after a complaint made by the son of an 87-year-old woman, after they noticed a series of charges had been made on the mother's credit card by an unknown person.
The police investigation took a positive turn when, through the different procedures carried out, they were able to link the suspect with different jewellery thefts carried out in the homes of other elderly people and, in some cases, their dependents.
The arrested woman, allegedly, took advantage of her work as a carer for these people, over a two month period taking the jewellery of five elderly women, and in one of the cases, used their credit card on more than one occasion, spending more than 1,000 euros.
The investigators attention was particularly caught, by the account of one of the relatives of one of the victims, a 94-year-old woman. From this woman, who is bedridden, the carer stole rings, including her wedding band, from her fingers and the chain she wore around her neck, as well as taking other jewellery that was in her home.
After linking the crimes together, the police arrested the suspected woman, and recovered more than 30 pieces of jewellery with a value of more than 3,000 euros, that she had sold to various jewellers in the city.
She is currently being detained and awaiting trial in the Santa Cruz courts.