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November 3, 2011

Care worker charged

— An employee of Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy is charged with taking money from a Lower Yoder Township woman for whom she was working.

West Hills Regional Police said Dorothy Elizabeth Hall, 61, of the 200 block of Strayer Street, stole $300 from a woman at Norwood Gardens on Goucher Street.

The theft allegedly happened Oct. 21.

Police said Hall had been working for United Cerebral Palsy in Johns-town since July and was cleaning and running errands for the woman.

“While performing her cleaning duties, she decided to clean up $300,” West Hills police Sgt. George Musulin III said.

Police said Hall saw the woman remove money from a VHS tape case on a bookshelf. The next day, the woman found that $300 had been taken from an envelope inside the tape case.

Hall reportedly admitted the theft.

A United Cerebral Palsy spokes-person declined to comment because the case is under investigation.

Hall was charged Tuesday with theft by unlawful taking or disposition and receiving stolen property. Charges were filed before District Judge John Barron of Upper Yoder Township.

Musulin said residents don’t always report such thefts.

“Being decent people, they don’t want to be accusatory and the thefts go unsolved,” Musulin said.

But he added that, “if it’s not reported, there will be another victim until the person is caught.”

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