BRISTOL - A Meriden woman who state prosecutors believe stole from a Bristol man with dementia accepted a plea bargain on Friday, avoiding any prison time.
Dawn Bailey, 50, pleaded guilty to charges of trespassing and criminal mischief during her hearing in Bristol Superior Court. She was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended, and two years of probation.
While on probation, she has been ordered not to work in any type of job that involves home care.
Bailey went into a 90-year-old man’s apartment on Dec. 18 and, once she realized cameras had been installed, destroyed the devices, according to the warrant for her arrest. State prosecutors believe she had been stealing from the man over a period of time, although she was not charged with any larceny offenses.
According to the five-page warrant, the victim suffers dementia and lives in the Riverview Apartment Complex, at 171 Laurel St., which is a gated community primarily for the elderly. During the investigation, the victim’s daughter told police she suspected someone had been stealing money from him. She usually gave him about $25 a week and, between July and December last year, he called her frequently in the beginning of the week and said he had already run out of money.
The daughter found this odd, as lunch in the housing complex only cost $2.50 a day. This led the woman to install cameras in her father’s unit. In the overnight hours on Dec. 18, a suspect was seen entering the unit and calling to the resident by name. Upon seeing the cameras, the suspect then destroyed the devices. The footage from the incident was saved despite the cameras being damaged.
The elderly man’s daughter viewed the footage and believed the suspect may have been Bailey, who was an employee for the home care company that served the 90-year-old man. The daughter estimated that about $200 had been stolen in about six months.
When police spoke to Bailey, she admitted she had gone into the elderly man’s apartment on Dec. 18, the warrant said. However, she told police she knew the man from when she served him as an aide, and that she was visiting him on her own free time. Bailey, the warrant continued, denied stealing money from the man.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.