Florence police arrested a nursing assistant on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, after residents of a Florence assisted living facility complained about missing items. According to police, the nurse’s assistant was an employee at Colonial Gardens on Hopeful Road in Florence, KY, and was caught stealing from the residents.
Investigators were tipped off by the administration at Colonial Gardens, who reported that they received many complaints from residents at the facility who were missing money, jewelry, medication, and other personal belongings from December 2012 to February 2013. The facility turned this case over to police to conduct an investigation.
The investigators used surveillance equipment to identify who was stealing from the residents at this Northern Kentucky assisted living facility. It was through hidden video cameras that investigators obtained enough evidence to make an arrest.
This Boone County nursing assistant has since been identified as 22-year-old Natasha Helton, of Burlington. She has been accused of stealing from the people she was supposed to be caring for. After police gathered enough evidence to charge her with these crimes, she was charged with three counts of theft of a controlled substance, two counts of theft by unlawful taking, and one count of abuse or neglect of an adult by a caretaker. All charges are felonies.
These five counts of theft and one count of elder abuse in Northern Kentucky caused the Florence police to arrest this nursing home assistant while she was working Wednesday morning at the Colonial Gardens assisted living facility.
The Northern Kentucky nursing home abuse lawyers at the Law Office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson are always saddened by these reports of elder abuse, but we are pleased to hear the suspect in this case has been arrested.