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Trusted Moment cleaner caught stealing £200 from purse of 85-year-old cancer patient

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A trusted housekeeper is caught stealing money from the purse of an 85-year-old cancer patient after her family installed a CCTV camera in her room

  • Julie Baldwin, 47, had known Barbara Woolston’s family for years before working
  • She initially tried to trick her family into believing Ms Woolston had dementia
  • But shocking CCTV footage shows her rummaging through a purse and stealing cash
  • She admitted the theft by an employee for an offense committed on December 12, 2019

This is the moment a housekeeper was filmed stealing £200 from an 85-year-old cancer-stricken grandmother after convincing the woman’s family she was ‘losing’ her money over dementia.

Julie Baldwin, 47, had known Barbara Woolston’s family for years before she was hired to clean at her Hull home.

She denied stealing money after the 85-year-old told relatives he was going missing.

However, when the family installed a CCTV camera in the elderly woman’s bedroom, they caught the housekeeper in the act.

Baldwin, of Anlaby, admitted at Beverley Magistrates’ Court to stealing £200 cash from his employer on December 12, 2019.

Julie Baldwin (pictured) initially claimed she hadn’t stolen any money and tried to trick Barbara Woolston’s family into telling them the 85-year-old suffered from dementia, but after the family installed a CCTV camera in her room, they caught her in the act.

Baldwin, 47, had known Barbara Woolston's family for years before she was hired to clean for them at their home in Hull

Baldwin, 47, had known Barbara Woolston’s family for years before she was hired to clean for them at their home in Hull

Shocking footage, shared by the family, shows Baldwin entering the 85-year-old’s bedroom and rummaging through two purses before hastily pulling the money from the bed and leaving the room.

Baldwin was hired to care for Barbara after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer and could no longer keep up with household chores.

Barbara’s granddaughter Sophie told Hull Live after the hearing: “My nana had started telling us she was losing her money, and sometimes Julie had told me she thought my nana was losing her money. memory because she kept misplacing all her money.

Baldwin was filmed pulling money out of a bag before hastily tossing it where she found it and leaving the room

Baldwin was filmed pulling money out of a bag before hastily tossing it where she found it and leaving the room

“At this point we thought my grandmother had the onset of dementia as it became more and more regular that she was ‘losing’ her money, until we realized it was a pattern.

“When my family speculated that they thought it was Julie who was stealing the money I had given her and told them that Julie wouldn’t do this to Nanna, we were too close to Julie for her to do anything. like that.”

Ms Woolston’s family eventually grew suspicious and decided to install a CCTV camera in her bedroom. On December 12, 2019, Barbara told her family that she was running out of money again after Julie had come in earlier to clean up.

Baldwin (pictured) admitted the theft on December 12, 2019 at Beverley Magistrates Court

Baldwin (pictured) admitted the theft on December 12, 2019 at Beverley Magistrates Court

They watched the CCTV footage and were horrified to see Baldwin withdraw money from Barbara’s purse in her bedroom after rummaging through her bag.

Sophie added: ‘My grandmother is very vulnerable, she was 85 when it happened and for someone to use the fact that she has dementia to say she doesn’t know what she’s talking about is hurtful and disgusting.

“I don’t know how anyone could rob an elderly person given the circumstances they were in.”

Badlwin was fined £595 and given a 14 week community order plus 12 days rehabilitation.

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