Buffalo Township police are investigating after a woman recorded a senior care worker allegedly stealing items from her ill mother's bedroom at an assisted living facility.
The woman exclusively tells Channel 11 a number of items had gone missing for some time, so she decided to take matters into her own hands.
"I realized that my mother was missing money on several different occasions,” said the woman, who did not want to be identified.
She shared this surveillance video of the worker allegedly caught in the act at Assisted Living at Rosebrook in Sarver, Butler County.
"I feel it's a real violation of her personal property, of her, of her space,” the woman said.
She says she installed the camera after noticing a pattern of money and belongings disappearing. Just five hours after installing the cameras, she says it happened again.
“I was watching live video of the med tech entering my mom's room, going into her bottom dresser drawer, going through her purse, taking out her wallet, going through every compartment," she said.
The woman tells us she contacted the facility about the alleged thefts and she says they defended the worker. She says she was told that the worker claimed she went into the room to get a sweater for the resident.
Craig Brooks, an attorney for the facility, released the following statement to Channel 11:
“I believe Rosebrook handled this situation professionally and appropriately by having the employee involved placed on suspension last Friday, which was when Rosebrook first learned from the resident's family that any of the resident's money claimed to have been taken. Rosebrook then investigated and, while there is not a basis to conclude this employee did take money from the resident, we nonetheless felt that this video the resident showed us indicated that proper procedures were not followed for which the employee's suspension was converted to a discharge from employment last week.”
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