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WC Woman Accused of Preying on Elderly People

Dayna Drew faces charges of possession of stolen property and identity theft from a Moraga senior under her care.

Alerted by Target store security, Walnut Creek police arrested a 43-year-old Walnut Creek woman Saturday and said they are investigating her for potential theft from elderly people while acting as a caretaker.

The following account comes from a Walnut Creek Police Department alert:

While they were at the Target on North Main Street Saturday afternoon, police determined that Dayna Drew, 43, of Walnut Creek, was on probation for theft from a dependent adult while acting as a caretaker. Drew was trying to make purchases with a credit card recently stolen from a purse in an Alamo grocery store. Drew faces charges of possession of stolen property, theft/use of access card, identity theft and violation of probation.

Drew was with Carmelia Hamilton, who was also arrested when police determined she had a warrant for her arrest.

Officers searched Drew's home and found financial information stolen from an elderly subject she cares for in Moraga. Her probation states that she is not to act as a caretaker. If you know of a dependent adult for whom Drew is acting as a caretaker, police request that you contact WCPD at (925) 943-5844 or your local police department.

Connie Acton February 15, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Interesting replies to my comment. I realize that a few are preyed upon but most seniors are quite capable of taking care of themselves. Those who are isolated are the most likely prey of this type of scam.
Eastofthehills February 15, 2012 at 05:04 PM
The fact that these people needed to hire a caretaker shows that they were potentially vulnerable to this kind of crime. If you don't have or need a caretaker than the chances of you running in to this issue are significantly reduced.
bryan February 15, 2012 at 05:06 PM
All due respect, Ms. Acton, and I would say I would hope you are right but we often hear of seniors falling victim to these and other scams. So much so that it leads me to believe they are being singled out and specifically targeted. This concerns me, not only for the sake of my elderly parents, but because I am rapidly marching toward advanced age myself and I would hope there would be protective measures in place to stop this sort of thing.
Jim February 15, 2012 at 06:24 PM
The protective measure is YOU Bryan. The state and county resources that monitor this stuff are shells of their former selves due to budget cuts and can't be counted on to protect people. The last line of defense is our local police force. They did well in this case but budget cuts are hampering their ability to go after these folks as well. Walnut Creek puts ice rinks, libraries and art galleries ahead of protecting our seniors. Sad but true in my opinion. You have to watch out for yourself, family and close friends.
bryan February 15, 2012 at 06:43 PM
I agree Jim. We often run scenario situations of known scams for the parents so they know when the person on the phone is trying to rip them off. Unfortunately not everyone is getting the word because thieves rip off our seniors for lots of money every year.

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