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Great Wyrley care home worker stole from residents

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A care home worker stole cash and personal belongings from residents and staff to help fund her drug habit.

Gemma Davis was working at Lakeview Care Home in Great Wyrley when she took wallets, purses, cash, a memory stick and toiletries in what was called "a significant breach of trust". Staff became suspicious at an increasing number of missing items.

Davis was arrested after CCTV was installed.

The 26-year-old, of Abbotts Place in Bloxwich, had worked at the home since 2007 but became addicted to cannabis earlier this year.

She sobbed at Cannock Magistrates' Court as a list of seven theft charges – all of which she pleaded guilty to – was read out.

Giles Rowden, prosecuting, said: "Staff there became suspicious after various items went missing.

"She had stolen varying quantities of money from residents and items from members of staff. This is a significant breach of trust considering the circumstances involved."

The list included £40 in cash, a computer memory stick, a purse and its contents to the value of £40, a wallet containing bank cards, two more purses of unknown values and two bottles of toiletries.

The court heard how Davis owed money for cannabis.

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Steve Sheldon, defending Davis, said: "She's the first to accept she has a serious drug problem. She became addicted to cannabis earlier this year and owed money.

"She realises these matters are very serious and there could be consequences for her."

The case was adjourned for three weeks for a report from probation services to be compiled.

Davis, who was given unconditional bail, will return to court on December 17.

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