Care worker is caught on camera stealing cash from elderly dementia sufferer (video)
Sophy Retallick, a care worker from England who was caring for an 83-year-old woman with dementia, was caught on camera stealing money from the senior lady’s purse.
After learning that his mother’s money had been gone missing several times, the son of the octogenarian woman called Ivy suspected that somebody might have been stealing it, so he installed CCTV cameras to make sure.
In the clip, Retallick is seen getting into the senior lady’s home in Truro, Cornwall, and sitting on a table in what seemed to be the living room. Everything was normal until that point, as she saw the octogenarian’s purse next to the table.
Shocking moment brazen care worker is caught stealing cash from 83-year-old dementia sufferer's purse https://t.co/CcB1aX6WmU— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) November 14, 2018
TAKING THE MONEY
First, Retallick quickly scanned the room to make sure that nobody was looking at her, and then she grabbed the little pink purse, hid it under the table, stole the money, and place the purse exactly where it was.
One of the most striking aspects of it was that a person, who was probably Ivy, was a couple of steps away from Retallick as her foot was visible in front of the couch.
Retallick, who cared for the woman between October 2017 and May 2018, was reported to the police. She later attended a voluntary interview wherein she admitted her crimes.
The woman said that she needed to buy a long list of medications and she couldn’t afford it, so she saw the opportunity and took the money. “I wanted to stop, but I couldn't help myself. Something would always come up. I wish I had never let it get out of hand. I'm truly sorry for what I have done,” added Retallick.
NOTICING THE MONEY MISSING
It is not clear for how long the woman was stealing money from Ivy, but her son said that they realized it started going missing at the end of 2017. The man checked the carer log details to learn that Retallick was the person in charge of taking care of Ivy every time the money went missing.
According to Daily Mail, Retallick had been caught on camera taking Ivy’s purse at least three times. She was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months. "Most carers do a fantastic job and this woman has brought her profession into disrepute, which the magistrates have recognised," said Ivy's son.
TARGETING ANOTHER HELPLESS PERSON
Unfortunately, it is not the first time that somebody targets a person who cannot defend themselves to steal as four teenagers attacked a 12-year-old middle school student and took his shoes and cell phone.
The victim, from Elk Grove, in California, was not identified for his own protection. One of the teenagers approached the boy to distract him and later pushed him to the ground so the other three could jump on him. One of them even kicked the boy in the head.
PREVENTING A WORSE OUTCOME
Luckily, Orlando Martinez, a football player and student at Franklin Highschool, was in the neighborhood visiting a friend, honked his car and yelled at them. Scared, the teenagers jumped in a car and fled.
The teenagers, who are all 16 and 17 years old, will now face charges of robbery and conspiracy; the teenager who kicked the victim in the head may also face a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.
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