A carer was caught stuffing cash belonging to a dementia sufferer into her bra after a family set up a hidden camera in the bedroom.
The camera was hidden inside an alarm clock and captured Graziella Avetti, 61, taking £130 in cash from a purse, bed and bedside cabinet.
Avetti was staying at the house overnight caring for the homeowner’s mother, who is in her 90s and has dementia, reports Nottinghamshire Live.
The family had decided to put the camera in place after reporting to police that ten items of jewellery – including rings, watches, a bracelet and necklaces – worth a total of £20,000 had been taken from the house in Normanton-on-the-Wolds, Nottinghamshire, on October 8, last year.
No-one has been arrested or charged in connection with the jewellery theft.
Avetti, 61, from Long Eaton, worked a night shift at the house on October 13 last year, and was drinking coffee in the kitchen when the resident returned home the next day.
But after the resident checked the camera there was clear footage of Avetti taking cash from her bedroom.
She rummaged through a bag and purse before stealing the money and hiding it in her bra. Police were called and Avetti was arrested.
She denied the offence of theft of cash in police interview but pleaded guilty when she appeared at Nottingham Crown Court.
On Thursday, December 6, Avetti was sentenced to a 12-month community order, 160 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £750 prosecution costs and an £85 victim surcharge.
Police Investigation Officer Russell Oliver, who led the investigation, said: "Avetti was trusted to care for an elderly woman and had stayed overnight at the house on a number of occasions.
"But the family was horrified to find crystal clear video footage showing she had stolen cash when only the elderly mother was at home with her – and she clearly thought no-one would be looking.
"After the daughter of the woman she was caring for came home the next morning she was calmly drinking coffee in the kitchen and exchanged pleasantries.
"Thankfully the family’s hidden camera caught her red-handed and she has now had to face up to what she had done."
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