Caregiver allegedly stole thousands from elderly couple

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A 20-year-old worker at Brookdale Senior Living in Sarasota has been arrested for allegedly stealing more than $6,000 from a couple she had been caring for.
 
Katherine Murphy was a medical tech at the facility, and is accused of stealing a debit card off the floor of the victims' room. Deputies said she used it more than 100 times between August and October.
 
"She was tired of working hard and not having anything to show for it," said Detective Mark Lefebvre of the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office. "(She was tired of) always seeing other people work hard have things she could not obtain."
 
Deputies said they have Murphy on video using the card at American Eagle, Hooters, Kay Jewelers, Forever 21, Pizza Hut and Victoria's Secret.
 
"She picked up the card when opportunity presented itself," said Lefebvre. "She proceeded to use that credit card for almost two months."
 
She allegedly spent more than $4,000 on the card.
 
Deputies also said when the first card was canceled, Murphy set up a pin with the replacement card and withdrew another $2,300.
 
"She had housing, she was paying her rent, she was buying groceries," said Lefebvre. "It just wasn't enough for what she wanted."
 
The suspect is now facing six felonies.
 
"She was in a position as a caregiver, as someone of trust. The people weren't quite as vigilant being elderly," said Lefebvre.
 
Deputies hope Murphy will be able to resurrect herself someday, though it's unlikely in the healthcare field. Getting a license as a nurse, which she was going to college for, will likely be impossible.
 
"This is certainly going to be a wake-up call for her in realizing that what she has done is wrong," said Lefebvre.
 
Brookdale Senior Living said that Murphy was immediately fired, and that they take reasonable precautions to prevent these types of crimes.
 
Murphy is being held on a $39,000 bond.
 
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