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A 37-year-old city woman is facing criminal charges following an investigation into the theft of jewelry from an elderly man at the hands of a personal support worker.
An investigation was launched earlier this week after police spoke with the 95-year-old complainant regarding an item believed to be stolen from his residence during an in-home health care visit in late 2013.
An investigation determined a gold and diamond ring was taken from the man’s residence in late 2013 while he was receiving services from a personal support worker contracted out by a local health care agency.
The ring has since been recovered by police and will be returned to the owner at a later date.
Wednesday March 12th2014, investigators with the Belleville Police Service Criminal Investigations Branch charged Tammy Lynn BENNETT, 37, of Belleville with Theft under $5,000; Being Unlawfully in a Dwelling and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.
She was released on conditions and a Promise to Appear with a court date April 17th2014.
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 or the Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse at www.onpea.org and the Belleville Police Service site.
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.