SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ—Local police charged a "home nurse aide" with stealing an electronic tablet and more than $1,000 from an elderly client who lives in the Dayton section of the Township.
Caitlyn Burton, age 21, surrendered to South Brunswick Police on September 26, and was charged with theft as well as theft of a credit card, and credit card fraud for making twelve cash withdrawals using the victim's credit card between August 8 and August 25.
"Relatives of an elderly Dayton woman contacted police to report suspicious activity on her credit card," reads an advisory sent out over the town's Nixle alert system. "The relatives also noted that a Galaxy tablet was missing from the victim’s home."
It's just the latest case of alleged elder abuse–where individuals prey on vulnerable senior citizens–to be publicized locally.
As we reported in August, law enforcement is prosecuting a New Brunswick man for allegedly stealing an entire house from an elderly woman.
Burton had been hired through an agency that police did not identify, and worked three hours a day with the victim, who was suffering from dimentia and other medical issues.
“This case came together because an alert relative from out of state noticed irregularities and contacted us. Investigators pieced the documents together and charged the aide,” said SBPD Chief Raymond Haydoucka.
SBPD Detective Dennis Yuhasz was also credited with undertaking the investigation.
The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office (MCPO) recently hosted a two-day conference on "Elder Abuse & Exploitation" and paid $2,500 to San Diego County District Attorney Paul Greenwood to serve as the keynote speaker.
Charlie is the founder and editor of New Brunswick Today, and the winner of the Awbrey Award for Community-Oriented Local Journalism. He is a proud Rutgers University journalism graduate and a community organizer, and was an independent candidate for Mayor of New Brunswick in 2018.