Care-home worker admits cash theft

Scarborough Magistrates Court
Scarborough Magistrates Court

A WOMAN who worked in a Scarborough care home has admitted to stealing cash from the purse of a 99-year-old resident.

Sarah Thorpe, 41, of Limestone Road in Burniston, pleaded guilty to a charge of theft by employee at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court.

She was employed at Ravensworth Lodge in Belgrave Crescent.

Kathryn Reeve, prosecuting, said that the resident complained that money had gone missing from her wallet, but managers were not sure that she had not made a mistake.

To establish whether someone was stealing money, they put two £10 notes in the resident’s purse, making a note of their serial numbers, and regularly checked if they were still there in the morning.

On the morning of May 7, they found the notes missing.

The bags of staff members were searched, and the two £10 notes were discovered in Thorpe’s possession.

She was reported to police, and made admissions to the offence in interview.

Thorpe was handed a 12 month community order, with the requirement that a she carries out 50 hours of unpaid work. She was also told to pay a contribution towards prosecution costs of £85.