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A Carlisle woman pleaded guilty today (Tuesday 4th September 2012) at Carlisle Magistrates Court for stealing from an elderly person in her care. Lynne Bowe, aged 50 from Carlisle worked as a home carer for Cumbria Care for over ten years. Sometime between Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th August, she stole a gold necklace to the value of £2,7000 from a woman aged 83 whilst she was in her home at Great Corby.
Bowe had entered the victims house to help care for her and whilst in the bedroom, picked the necklace off the bedside table and put in in her pocket and left the house. Once the victim realised what had happened, she reported it to the police.
Bowe was arrested on 24th August 2012 and it had been established by investigating officers that the necklace had been traded in for £1000 and subsequently was sent away to be melted down. During interview she admitted to stealing the necklace.
She was suspended from her role as a home carer at Cumbria Care.
She appeared at Carlisle Magistrates Court and received a sentence order for 18 weeks, which was suspended for two years, to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and order to pay compensation of £2,700.
PC Sarah Rolland, the investigating officer, said: “This was a breach of trust, Bowe had been employed by Cumbria Care in a trusting role, who as faith in their employees. They took immediate action when made aware of the situation and assisting with the investigation fully.
“It has been a great loss to the victim who was unable to get the necklace back because of it being melted down. It is stark reminder that we should always be aware of the temptation to some people who come into our homes, who we trust to care for us, can steal from us. I encourage all family members and neighbours to make sure that vulnerable and elderly people are aware of the potential risks in leaving valuable items out on show and highly recommend that they are always locked away.
“The actions of one individual should not reflect badly on Cumbria Care and the important service they provide to members of our community.”