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BRIEF: Caretaker uses credit card stolen from retired Lansdale client, police say

February 24, 2014

By Frank Warner, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)



Feb. 24--A Perkasie woman hired to assist an elderly man living at a Lansdale retirement community stole the man's credit card and last month made eight purchases with it, police said.

Alesha Inez Olinick, 33, of the 700 block of Blooming Glen Drive on Monday was charged with theft, identity theft and access device fraud and sent to Montgomery County Prison.

The caretaker's thefts came to light Feb. 2 when the elderly man's son noticed unauthorized charges Jan. 11-14 to the elderly man's credit card, Lansdale police said.

The son checked his father's wallet and discovered the credit card was gone, police said. The eight unauthorized purchases added up to $296, police said.

Investigators tracked down where the credit card was used and found surveillance video showing Olinick using the card, police said.

The elderly man and his wife, whom police did not name in their news release, live at the Elm Terrace Gardens retirement community at 660 N. Broad St.

Olinick was arraigned Monday by District Judge Harold Borek, who set bail at $10,000.

-- Frank Warner

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