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A Case of Theft

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Residents of Castle Care Assisted Living Center have been complaining that someone is stealing items from their rooms. The administration team of the center is very concerned and has documented and investigated each report of theft. Investigations have begun to focus on Kathleen Harvey, a new nursing assistant who works the night shift because the items only go missing on the nights Kathleen works. Kathleen knows she hasn’t stolen anything, but she also knows that as the newest employee, she is most likely to be blamed. She doesn’t know what she can do to prove she is innocent, and she needs to keep this job to pay her bills.

When Hector Ortiz, the nursing supervisor, hired Kathleen, he felt she was going to be a good addition to the staff at Castle Care. She had excellent references from past employers, and she was very eager to do a good job. Hector was going to be disappointed if Kathleen was the problem.  He wanted to believe in Kathleen, but the evidence against her was strong. He had a decision to make—let Kathleen go or give her a second chance if she returned the items.

To be certain, Hector decided to wait and see if anything else went missing. In the meantime, he would keep a closer eye on Kathleen. Two nights later, Hector was walking down the third-floor hallway to check on Kathleen when he ran into Mrs. Herbert, a resident of the third floor, who was out of her room and looking confused. As Hector helped Mrs. Herbert back into bed, a man’s watch fell from Mrs. Herbert’s hand.  When Hector asked her about the watch, Mrs. Herbert said it was her husband’s and asked Hector to put it in her dresser. When Hector opened the drawer, he found the items that were missing. It hadn’t been Kathleen; it had been Mrs. Herbert.

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Project made financially possible through grants from:

Southwest Initiative Foundation, Marshall Community Foundation, Southwest Regional Transition Partners, Southwest Adult Basic Education, Marshall Healthcare Partners