Care worker stole money from elderly residents

Joseph Bulmer

Magistrates impose maximum six-month sentence

A CARE home worker has been jailed for six months after being caught stealing money from elderly residents.

Toby Honey, 28, of Pilton Street, Barnstaple, stole in excess of �300 from victims, including his employer, and four elderly ladies aged between 80 and 88 at the Pilton House Care Home

He pleaded guilty to three charges of theft dating back to June last year and asked for another four to be taken into consideration at the hearing at North Devon Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

Six months is the maximum sentence that can be imposed by a magistrates’ court.

PC Andrew Ladley, neighbour beat manager for the Pilton area, said Honey was arrested on Thursday, November 25 and the conviction had followed a “comprehensive” police investigation.

“We are extremely satisfied with the result of the court, which represents the determination of the staff of Pilton House and ourselves to identify and convict Honey for these offences,” he said.

“We commend the management of Pilton House for their excellent co-operation with local police, having contacted us as soon as the first theft was discovered.”