Elder care home employee accused of stealing residents’ credit cards, spending over $12K
Photo: Redding PD
A Shasta County woman who worked at an elder care home has been arrested after allegedly stealing an elderly couple’s credit cards and racking up over $12,000 in fraudulent purchases.
Redding police began investigating after receiving a report in late August from a woman claiming that her parents had been the victims of multiple thefts while living at a local care home. The woman alleged that her parents’ credit cards and phone had been stolen, and that over $12,000 in fraudulent purchases had been made on their accounts between July and August.
The investigation soon identified 20-year-old Laura Bunker of Redding, an employee at the home, as the primary suspect. Investigators also obtained surveillance video and other evidence further implicating Bunker, who had even allegedly used the stolen cards to put a down payment on a car, police said.
Bunker was arrested at her Elm Street home on Friday, August 2, where investigators also served a search warrant. Bunker herself later confessed to the allegations during questioning, police said.
She was ultimately booked on $100,000 bail.