Theft from elderly sparks police investigation of home-care worker

Saanich police are sending out a warning to anyone seeking private home care after eight incidents of theft from elderly victims

Saanich police are sending out a warning to anyone seeking private home care after eight incidents of theft from elderly victims, all suffering from poor health or dementia.

The five-month investigation began in January when an elderly woman reported $450 stolen from her home. The woman’s private home-care worker, a 44-year-old Saanich woman was interviewed for her connection to seven other similar instances of theft from the elderly, but without sufficient evidence, no charges have been laid.

Police are warning those in need of care, or their family members to prevent theft by hiring home care through a reputable organization and removing valuables from the home.

For those who choose to pay for private care, police suggest verifying the worker’s identity; having them fill out forms to collect their personal data; requesting a criminal record check from the police; and conducting Internet research on the person.

nnorth@saanichnews.com

 

 

Just Posted

Victoria feels the pinch at the pump as gas prices jump 18 cents

Gas up to 157.9 cents per litre at some stations

‘Panda’ Goodlife runner searches for his head

Facebook post for help leads to ‘unconfirmed panda head sightings’

Former child care worker charged with Saanich sexual assault pleads guilty

Jesse Doig arrested in May, remaining in custody since

Victoria’s 2020 Capital City Comic Con to feature a special Star Trek guest

Cherry Bomb Toys announced tickets for the event will go on sale on Friday

Man swinging election sign threatens to kill woman in Oak Bay

Police detain aggravated man without use of taser

VIDEO: #MeToo leader launches new hashtag to mobilize U.S. voters

Tarana Burke hopes to prompt moderators to ask about sexual violence at next debate

B.C. massage therapist reprimanded, fined for exposing patients’ breasts

Registered massage therapist admits professional misconduct

B.C. boosts legal aid funding in new payment contract

‘Duty counsel’ service restored in some communities, David Eby says

VIDEO: Bear spies on cyclists riding by on Campbell River street

Riders seem unaware the bruin is mere feet away on the side of the road

Two Cowichan Tribes families devastated by duplex fire

Carla Sylvester sat in her vehicle, on Tuesday morning, with tears in… Continue reading

Cheating husband sues mistress for gifted ring after wife learns about affair

The husband gave his mistress $1,000 to buy herself a ring in December 2017

British couple vacationing in Vancouver detained in US after ‘accidentally’ crossing border

Parents travelling with three-month-old reportedly being held in Pennsylvania

After losing two baby boys, B.C. parents hope to cut through the taboo of infant death

Oct. 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day in B.C.

Alberta to join B.C.’s class-action lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, distributors

B.C. government claims opioids were falsely marketed as less addictive than other pain meds

Most Read