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Forum staff reports, Published November 08 2013

Charges expected against former employee of Dilworth assisted-living facility

DILWORTH – Criminal charges are expected to be filed against a former employee of the Serenity Assisted Living facility here after police set a trap to catch the person stealing from residents.

The case started this summer when the facility’s owner reported her purse was missing and several residents reported missing cash, gift cards and personal items, according to a search warrant filed this week in Clay County District Court.

Many of the elderly victims suffered memory loss, according to the warrant.

A Dilworth investigator then worked with Serenity co-owner Elaine Anderson and a Target loss prevention officer to place gift cards in some residents’ rooms that could be tracked, court records state.

When one of the cards was used at the Moorhead Target store, the Dilworth investigator was notified. The officer was able to show owners of Serenity a picture of a woman using the card at Target.

Anderson identified the woman as a former Serenity employee, court records state.

A search of the employee’s home turned up Anderson’s purse, including credit cards and her driver’s license, and other Target gift cards believed to have been stolen from the assisted-living facility.

Dilworth police have forwarded the information and evidence to the Clay County Attorney’s Office for possible charges.