A Connecticut home health care aide is facing charges she stole from an aging client. Kelly Savage, 39, of Southington is facing second degree larceny charges related to allegations she stole jewelry from an elderly client recently.
It was not made clear whether Ms. Savage had been hired independently or was working with a home care agency. It was also not made clear how long she had been providing these services for her client or if she had been working for other clients at the same time or previously.
The complaint was levied by the aging senior’s adult daughter late in November when she discovered that ‘significant’ jewelry was missing from her mother’s house. The elderly client had been relying on support from a number of caregivers, but investigators quickly determined that it was Ms. Savage who had taken these items.
According to the CT Post in its news brief, Home health care worker accuse of taking jewelry from Shelton client, written by Tara O’Neill:
“The complainant’s mother was being assisted daily by home health care workers,” he said. “Family members noticed that several pieces of significant jewelry were missing from their mother’s room. Police investigated the incident and were able to recover and link Savage to the missing jewelry.”
Savage was stopped by police in Groton on Tueday [sic] and was turned over to Shelton police on her outstanding warrant. Savage also had two outstanding arrest warrants for failure to appear, Nugent said.
Nugent said Savage’s bail on the larceny charge was set at $75,000, but with her additional warrants, her total bail was set at $87,000.”
Court records did not indicate how investigators connected Kelly Savage to the stolen jewelry. It was also not made clear what the two outstanding arrest warrants for failure to appear related to.
As increasing numbers of home care agencies conduct background screening checks on all prospective caregivers, it would appear that had she been working for an agency (at least an agency that conducted background checks), those outstanding warrants may have kept her from providing these important in-home care services to an aging client.
It is unclear whether Ms. Savage was able to post bail. It was also not made known whether she had obtained legal counsel or when her first court date would be set. Authorities did not mention whether the stolen items had been retrieved and returned to the elderly client who had been victimized by Kelly Savage.