Cruel carer, 61, caught on camera stealing £130 from an elderly dementia patient and stuffing the cash in her BRA is spared jail

- Graziella Avetti, 61, was caught on film stealing from dementia patient in her 90s - Family hid camera in an alarm clock after £20,000 worth of jewellery was stolen - Avetti handed 12-month community order, unpaid work and ordered to pay costs

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A cruel carer was caught on camera stealing £130 from an elderly dementia patient before stuffing the cash in her bra.

Graziella Avetti, 61, was supposed to be looking after the woman, in her 90s, when she started rummaging through a purse and bedside cabinet.

She was filmed by a motion-detecting camera which the family had hidden in an alarm clock after £20,000 worth of jewellery was stolen from the Nottinghamshire home days earlier.

Ten items, including rings, watches, a bracelet and necklaces were taken from the house on October 8 last year.

On October 13 Avetti was working a night shift when she was filmed taking £130 in cash from a purse belonging to the woman’s daughter and hiding it in her bra.

Avetti, from Long Eaton in Derbyshire, was arrested and initially denied the theft but later admitted stealing the money.

She was handed a 12-month community order, 160 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £750 costs and an £85 victim surcharge at Nottingham Crown Court.

Graziella Avetti, 61, was supposed to be looking after the woman when she started rifling through her purse and bedside cabinetGraziella Avetti, 61, was supposed to be looking after the woman when she started rifling through her purse and bedside cabinet

Avetti helped herself to wads of cash before counting it out and stuffing it in her underwear

On October 13 Avetti was working a night shift when she was filmed taking £130 in cash from a purse belonging to the woman's daughter and hiding it in her bra

No one has been arrested in connection with the jewellery theft.

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Police Investigation Officer Russell Oliver said: ‘Avetti was trusted to care for an elderly woman and had stayed overnight at the house on a number of occasions.

‘But the family was horrified to find crystal clear video footage showing she had stolen cash when only the elderly mother was at home with her – and she clearly thought no one would be looking.

‘After the daughter of the woman she was caring for came home the next morning she was calmly drinking coffee in the kitchen and exchanged pleasantries.

‘Thankfully the family’s hidden camera caught her red-handed and she has now had to face up to what she had done.’

She was handed a 12-month community order, 160 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £750 costs and an £85 victim surcharge at Nottingham Crown Court

Avetti, from Long Eaton in Derbyshire, was arrested and initially denied the theft but later admitted stealing the money.

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Speaking after Thursday’s sentencing, a Nottinghamshire Police spokesperson said: ‘Graziella Avetti walked into the home owner’s bedroom before taking cash from her purse, bed and bedside cabinet.

‘The resident was away overnight and Avetti was supposed to be caring for her mother, who was in her 90s and suffered from dementia.

‘Avetti worked a night shift at the house on 13 October 2017 and was drinking coffee in the kitchen when the resident returned home on 14 October 2017.

‘But after checking the camera there was clear footage of Avetti taking cash from her bedroom so the police were called and she was arrested.’

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