Lisa Mitchell: Jailed Norfolk carer caught 'red handed' by pen camera

CCTV of Lisa Mitchell Image copyright Norfolk Police
Image caption Lisa Mitchell stole the equivalent of seven years wages from the couple

A carer from Norfolk has been jailed after stealing £35,000 from the elderly couple she was supposed to be looking after.

Lisa Mitchell, 38, from Masefield Mews, Dereham, was caught after the couple's son installed a CCTV camera disguised as a pen to catch her in the act.

Mitchell, who denied stealing form the couple, spent the money on jewellery and designer handbags, said police.

She was sentenced to 18 months in prison at Norwich Crown Court.

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Media captionThe mini CCTV camera was disguised as a pen

Judge Peter Jacobs said Mitchell had been caught "red handed".

Mitchell's crime was discovered in 2012 when Allan Read, the son of the couple, who are in their 80s, noticed losses in the accounts of the family garden nursery business that could not be explained.

Mitchell 'took advantage'

Suspecting the carer he set up a CCTV camera and Mitchell was filmed on two occasions in the office, which she had no reason to enter, going through the bureau and his father's wallet.

Mr Read had made a note of the serial numbers of bank notes he had placed in the bureau and when Mitchell was arrested she was in possession of some of these notes, said police.

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Image caption Mitchell's theft took place over four years

Det Con Gemma Weeks said: "Over four years Lisa Mitchell took advantage of an elderly couple whom she was trusted to care for.

"Even when presented with CCTV evidence, Mitchell denied stealing from this vulnerable couple, and could not account for living beyond her means.

"Fortunately she has now admitted this theft and has been sentenced.

"But over and above the financial impact of her crime is the emotional one, particularly when it appeared that Mitchell was searching for money instead of caring for the elderly lady."

Speaking after Mitchell was sentenced, Mr Read said he was "happy that justice has been been done".

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