OAP gets fleeced by her cleaner Thief caught on se­cu­rity cam­era

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A cal­lous cleaner was caught red-handed on video steal­ing £100 from a 91-yearold Scone woman’s hand­bag.

The se­cu­rity cam­era was set up af­ter the nona­ge­nar­ian’s daugh­ter be­came con­cerned that cash she had given her mother had been spent quicker than nor­mal.

As a re­sult, 21-year-old Izle To­ri­alas, of Davie Park Place, Rat­tray, was seen tak­ing the money from the vul­ner­a­ble OAP’s purse and plac­ing it in her hand­bag.

De­pute fis­cal Rob­bie Brown said the ac­cused was “im­me­di­ately dis­missed” from her em­ploy­ment.

A “dis­tinc­tive watch” the ac­cused had been wear­ing had helped to iden­tify To­ri­alas as the cul­prit.

The ac­cused, a first of­fender, was spared a jail sen­tence when she ap­peared at Perth Sher­iff Court this week.

In­stead, she was or­dered to com­plete 160 hours of un­paid work within the next six months but told by Sher­iff Lind­say Foulis it was a “di­rect al­ter­na­tive” to prison.

She ad­mit­ted steal­ing the money while in the course of her em­ploy­ment from the elderly woman’s home on Fe­bru­ary 11 this year.

The charge in­di­cated that the in­ci­dent was “ag­gra­vated by prej­u­dice re­lat­ing to dis­abil­ity” suf­fered by the vic­tim.

Sher­iff Foulis told the ac­cused: “Your agent de­scribes this of­fence as in­ex­cus­able - and that’s ab­so­lutely cor­rect.

“The com­plainer was vul­ner­a­ble by ref­er­ence to her age alone, never mind her med­i­cal con­di­tions.

“And to take ad­van­tage of some­one that age is rightly de­scribed as in­ex­cus­able.”

To­ri­alas will also be put on a regis­ter ban­ning her from work­ing in fu­ture with vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple.

Solic­i­tor Pauline Culler­ton said her client had been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing money prob­lems and de­scribed it as “an op­por­tunis­tic theft.”

The cash had sub­se­quently been re­paid al­though she had “no vouch­ing” for that.

She had lost her job as a re­sult but was now work­ing as a kitchen porter on a zero hours con­tract, earn­ing be­tween £140-£190 a week.

“She re­grets her be­hav­iour and clearly will not be able to find any work with vul­ner­a­ble in­di­vid­u­als.”

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