Carer caught on camera stealing from family of dementia sufferer

A family who set up a hidden camera after £20,000 of jewellery was stolen caught a trusted carer stealing £130.

The motion-detecting camera with night vision was hidden inside an alarm clock and activated when Graziella Avetti walked into the home owner’s bedroom before taking cash from her purse, bed and bedside cabinet.

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The resident was away overnight and Avetti was supposed to be caring for her mother, who was in her 90s and suffered from dementia.

The family had decided to put the camera in place after reporting to police that ten items of jewellery including rings, watches, a bracelet and necklaces worth a total of £20,000 had been taken from the house in Old Melton Road, Normanton-on-the-Wolds, on 8 October 2017.

Sixty-one-year-old Avetti, of Greenside Close, Long Eaton, worked a night shift at the house on 13 October 2017 and was drinking coffee in the kitchen when the resident returned home on 14 October 2017. But after checking the camera there was clear footage of Avetti taking cash from her bedroom so the police were called and she was arrested.

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She denied the offence of theft of cash in police interview but pleaded guilty when she appeared at Nottingham Crown Court. She was today (Thursday 6 December) sentenced to a 12-month community order, 160 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £750 prosecution costs and a £85 victim surcharge.

No one has been arrested or charged in connection with the jewellery theft.

Police Investigation Officer Russell Oliver, who led the investigation, said: “Avetti was trusted to care for an elderly woman and had stayed overnight at the house on a number of occasions.

“But the family was horrified to find crystal clear video footage showing she had stolen cash when only the elderly mother was at home with her – and she clearly thought no one would be looking.

“After the daughter of the woman she was caring for came home the next morning she was calmly drinking coffee in the kitchen and exchanged pleasantries.

“Thankfully the family’s hidden camera caught her red-handed and she has now had to face up to what she had done.”