A home care aide has been arrested outside Baltimore and faces numerous charges related to theft from a client. Adaku Agwu, 31, who lives in Edgewood, faces charges stemming from items she allegedly stole from an elderly client and then sold to a pawn shop in the area. The pawn shop has cooperated with authorities and at least some of the items in question have been confirmed by the client’s daughter to be hers.
Adaku Agwu now faces two counts each of theft less than $100, vandalism less than $1,000, six counts of theft less than $1,000, nine counts of theft $1,000 to $10,000, three counts of theft $10,000 to $100,000, and theft scheme $10,000 to $100,000. These counts are based on current court records.
The victim, who lives in the region, along with her daughter, contacted authorities on October 21, 2017 when the elderly woman’s wedding ring along with some other jewelry items were noticed missing. They suspected immediately that it was someone from the home nursing agency they had hired to look after the elderly woman.
The missing rings weren’t the only items stolen, or damaged. The Baltimore Sun reported in its news blog, Nurse providing in-home care charged with stealing from Harford client, written by Erika Butler:
“The victim’s daughter also found that two of her mother’s safes, valued at $400 and $100, had been broken and numerous collectible coins stolen, according to court records.
A Harford County Sheriff’s Office detective compared names of the nurses who had cared for the woman with names in the pawn database and found Agwu had sold numerous items to Starlite Gold and Pawn in Edgewood, according to charging documents.
The owner of the pawnshop provided the detective with the jewelry and a list of the collectible coins Agwu had pawned, all of which were identified by the victim’s daughter as belonging to her mother.”
Starlite Gold and Pawn cooperated with authorities and turned over all items, along with a list of collectible coins that Ms. Agwu had pawned. All of the items were subsequently verified by the victim’s daughter to belong to her mother. The total value of the stolen items equaled $28,763 and Starlite Gold and Pawn had paid $17,561 to Ms. Agwu for the pawned items.
There was no record regarding the name of the agency that had placed Ms. Agwu with the victim or if any other action is being sought against the home care agency. There was no report on whether Ms. Agwu had obtained legal counsel or when the first court date will be.
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