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Rifling through a handbag in the hope of getting her hands on some quick cash – this carer is caught red-handed on CCTV stealing from the vulnerable woman she was paid to look after.

Convinced that Nadia Summers was stealing from her, Lynette Nardone forked out £1,000 for CCTV to be installed at her home.

And her fears were proved justified – with Summers caught on camera in the act.

Summers was filmed stealing the cash from 64-year-old Mrs Nardone between November 5 and December 12 last year.

The 24-year-old of Chillington Drive, Codsall, pleaded guilty to theft at Cannock Magistrates Court. CCTV footage, filmed by Mrs Nardone at her home in Perton and released to the Express & Star, shows Summers taking notes from her purse and stuffing them into her bra.

The court was told Mrs Nardone, who suffers from a rare, life limiting, neuro-degenerative disease, had now lost 'what little trust and faith I had left'.

Mr Giles Rowden, prosecuting, said: "She was employed as a carer for a vulnerable person whose abilities are limited.

"On November 4 the victim came out of hospital. She realised the following day that money was missing from her purse. It became a fairly frequent occurrence and her family set up CCTV cameras which captured the defendant removing money from a purse and putting it into her bra.

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"She accepted she was responsible on three occasions of stealing £20."

In a statement read out in court, Mrs Nardone said: "Nadia's actions have cost me so much more than just £60 from my purse, or £1,000 for cameras.

She has taken away from me what little trust and faith I had left. It has been hard for me to accept that I need help, and allowing strangers into my home as carers, has been yet another challenge."

The case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report. Summers will be sentenced at Cannock Magistrates next Thursday.

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