Woman charged with stealing from vulnerable aged care residents

Residents of an aged care home in NSW have been robbed of their cash by a woman who allegedly made up lies so that she could enter their rooms.

The alleged thefts are understood to have happened at the independent living complex on Macquarie Road in Springwood throughout August and September this year.

The first incident happened sometime between Friday 9 August and Friday 23 August, when a woman approached a male resident and asked to use his bathroom.


Police say the 76-year-old man gave the woman access to his unit, and a short time later he noticed a small amount of cash missing from his wallet.

The second incident is believed to have happened around 4.00pm on Sunday 8 September, when a woman knocked on the door of a unit within the same complex, asking to use a phone because her car had broken down.

“The woman stayed for approximately 30 minutes before leaving. Shortly after, the 92-year-old female owner of the unit discovered that an amount of cash was missing from her handbag,” NSW police said.

After launching inquiries into the alleged thefts, officers were called to the aged care complex on Friday 20 September in relation to a woman being on the premises and arrested a 53-year-old woman inside a unit.

She was taken to Springwood Police Station where she was charged with two counts of steal property in dwelling – house.

Police will allege in court that the woman was known to spend time at the aged care complex and had told the residents that that she has a history in nursing/aged care.

As investigations continue, anyone with information is urged to come forward.