A health care worker was charged with theft Monday after she allegedly was caught on camera stealing more than $600 from an elderly resident at an assisted living facility in Southmont.
West Hills Regional police said Jennifer Lynn Caton, 34, of the 400 block of Grove Avenue, Johnstown, was caring for a 99-year-old woman at McCullough House on Cheney Oak Drive when the thefts occurred on Dec. 22 and Jan. 8.
The first theft was uncovered by the woman’s great-granddaughter, who found $645 missing from her purse.
Police and McCullough House officials decided to install a “pin camera” in the woman’s room. Police said surveillance film showed Caton entering the room and taking $60 that authorities had planted in the woman’s wallet.
She later admitted taking the money and taking items from other residents, police said.
Caton was charged before District Judge John Barron of Upper Yoder Township with two counts of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, two counts of receiving stolen property and one count of attempted theft.
Caton told authorities she spent the money on Christmas gifts for her children.
She no longer works at the facility, a McCullough House administrator said.
West Hills police Sgt. George Musulin III cautioned residents about taking money into care homes: “Anyone who goes into those facilities with large amounts of cash should use extreme caution to avoid situations like this.”
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