STEVENS POINT (WAOW) – A 23-year-old worker stole money from residents and workers at a Stevens Point nursing home and was caught when a purse sting was set up in a linen closet and videotaped, according to court records.
The thefts included $5 from a sympathy card for a co-worker, the criminal complaint said.
Melissa Cain of Waupaca was charged in Portage County Circuit Court with four counts of felony theft and five misdemeanor counts of theft for incidents that occurred between April and mid-July, the criminal complaint said.
Cain is free on a $5,000 signature bond, online court records said. She is to return to court for a continued initial appearance on Monday.
Her attorney, Sean Drury, did not immediately return a telephone message Thursday.
After being arrested, Cain told investigators she had “money troubles” and admitted to thefts involving about $250, the complaint said. She told investigators all the thefts took place while she worked “late shifts,” the document said.
Cain was accused of stealing cash from seven people, including $39 from the Stevens Point Police Department in a sting set up to catch whoever was stealing the money from the Portage County Health Care Center, the complaint said.
The cash thefts ranged from $5 to $130, the complaint said.
The sting was set up in June and surveillance video captured a woman enter the closet, “rummage through the purse, remove a wad of cash from the purse, place it in her pocket and then leave the room,” the complaint said.
The thefts also involved stolen wallets and money taken from a nurse's station, the complaint said.