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Carer stole money from residents

PUBLISHED: 12:24 22 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:52 05 July 2010

A CARER at a sheltered housing complex stole money from several residents until she was snared by a police operation, a court heard yesterday.

Julie Charlesworth, 25, could be jailed and is facing the sack from the Pitches View sheltered housing complex at Reydon after admitting stealing from residents.

A CARER at a sheltered housing complex stole money from several residents until she was snared by a police operation, a court heard yesterday.

Julie Charlesworth, 25, could be jailed and is facing the sack from the Pitches View sheltered housing complex at Reydon after admitting stealing from residents.

Lowestoft Magistrates' Court heard how police were called in after a woman told her son that money was going missing from her purse.

Corrinne Gook-Hurren, prosecuting, said the man put some money in his mother's purse and called police after it disappeared. The police then gave him £30 to put in the purse and, on September 27, it was discovered £10 had gone missing.

After viewing CCTV camera footage, the police went to Charlesworth's home and arrested her on suspicion of theft.

Yesterday, Charlesworth, of Elliott Avenue, Reydon, pleaded guilty to three charges of theft and asked for eight other offences to be taken into consideration.

Mrs Gook-Hurren said Charlesworth admitted stealing amounts ranging from £20 to £40 from another three residents at the complex, in Wangford Road.

Damien Moore, for Charlesworth, said his client was suffering from debt problems and struggling to pay her mortgage.

“Once the police interviewed her about what was going on she was very, very remorseful and made a full admission,” he added. “She is currently suspended and it is likely she will lose her job imminently.”

Pitches View is described as a very sheltered housing complex for mainly retired people, containing 32 self-contained flats.

Chairman of the bench Pauline Burrell-Saward adjourned the case for reports and did not rule out sending Charlesworth to prison.

She said: “These were very vulnerable people; perhaps the most vulnerable people you can get. They were elderly people and you were in a position with a high level of trust.

“They might have been small amounts of money to you, but to the people involved they were probably high amounts.”

Charlesworth will be sentenced on December 17.

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