An in-home caregiver suspected of stealing from an 89-year-old Petaluma man was arraigned in Sonoma County Superior Court on Monday. Kirra Shareen Beck, 23, has been charged with theft from an elder or dependent adult. She is scheduled to return to court Aug. 9 to enter a plea. Beck was caring for the victim, who suffers from dementia, police said.
In June, the man’s daughter told police that approximately $6,000 in unauthorized withdrawals had been made from her father’s bank account, Petaluma police Lt. Tim Lyons said. There were several $200 to $300 withdrawals in April and June, Lyons said. Surveillance video from the elderly man’s bank showed Beck making 24 ATM withdrawals from his account, Lyons said.
The victim’s daughter approached Beck’s employer, an in-home care service company, with her suspicions, and Beck was subsequently fired, Lyons said. Beck visited the Petaluma man at least once while she was unemployed and tried to learn about his medical appointments, Lyons said. Beck was arrested Wednesday and booked into Sonoma County Jail. She posted $30,000 bail and is out of custody.
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