Cruel carer stole jewellery from widow with dementia

JAILED: Craig Smith admitted theft
JAILED: Craig Smith admitted theft
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A carer stole thousands of pounds worth of jewellery from a grandmother-of-three who has Alzheimer’s disease.

Craig Smith was caught after he sold 85-year-old Sylvia Scott’s engagement ring and other sentimental items to a pawnbroker.

Smith, 52, was first employed as Mrs Scott’s carer in July 2012 and regularly visited her home in Park Avenue, Lancaster.

Rosemary Finlan, Mrs Scott’s daughter, said: “Mum’d had a series of falls and she needed extra help with making meals, chores and washing.

“Smith was a very plausible man and she welcomed him into her home.

“But he groomed her. He gave her a lot of attention and built up a relationship with her.

“She was always asking for Craig.”

Mrs Finlan said Smith, who was living in Morecambe at the time, bought her mum gifts to earn her trust.

However, he took a ring, bought for Mrs Scott by her late husband Alan, and other jewellery which belonged to her mother.

Then he sold it at a Lancaster pawnbroker.

Smith, who worked for Elite Care Providers Ltd of Preston, was arrested in November 2012 and the jewellery was retrieved.

Mrs Finlan said: “My mum is such a nice person. She’s not really aware of all of this because her dementia is quite bad now.

“You hear about these things in the news. You never think it will happen to you.”

Smith, of Woodfield Road, Blackpool, admitted two counts of theft and three of false representation.

He was jailed for six months at Lancaster Crown Court.

Charges relating to thefts of cash from Mrs Scott were dropped.