Camera catches senior care thief

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by Evan Sernoffsky, kgw.com staff

NWCN.com

Posted on February 10, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Updated Sunday, Feb 10 at 2:49 PM

HILLSBORO – After setting up a surveillance camera, detectives nabbed a suspect who was stealing money from residents of a senior living center Wednesday.

At 2:30p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies had all the evidence they needed after catching 18-year-old James Eldridge of Hillsboro on camera stealing cash from a resident of Rosewood Specialty Care center in Hillsboro, said Sgt. David Thompson with the sheriff’s department.

The investigation began in January when detectives learned someone was stealing cash from a resident’s room at the facility. With that person’s permission, detectives set up a camera and recorded video of Eldridge stealing money, Thompson said.

Eldridge was a general helper at the facility and was fired.

He was booked in the Washington County Jail on charges of criminal mistreatment and theft.

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