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05 May 2014-Elder Abuse-TheftWarning - this news article expired on 2014-06-06. Information may no longer be accurate or applicable

Elder Abuse Theft

 

Belleville. Ontario; A 51-year-old Registered Practical Nurse is facing criminal charges after money was stolen from the room of a resident of a Belleville retirement home over the past month.

An investigation was launched in mid-April after police were alerted by management at the retirement home to a string of thefts from the room of a 92-year-old female resident.

An investigation, which involved members of the Belleville Police Service Criminal Investigations Branch and the assistance of the Ontario Provincial Police, determined the suspect to be a female Registered Practical Nurse who was employed by the retirement home to provide in-room care to residents.

Charged with Theft, Possession of Stolen Property and Breach of Trust is Susan Lalonde, 51, of Belleville. Ms. Lalonde has been released on a Promise to Appear with an OIC undertaking. Her first court appearance is Thursday May 29, 2014 at 15 Bridge Street West.

Belleville police are asking the public especially those who care for the elderly or vulnerable persons to be diligent in providing and assessing the services provided. For more information about elder abuse prevention, visit www.seniors.gc.ca, the Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse at www.onpea.org  or call the Elder Abuse Prevention line at 1-855-542-1336.

If you suspect someone who is elderly or vulnerable is being abused, call your local police service (Belleville Police Service at 613-966-0882) or Crime Stoppers at 613-969-8477.