Former Robbinswood staffer sentenced for theft

Becky Vargo • May 2, 2017 at 10:00 AM

A 28-year-old Muskegon woman apologized for stealing from an elderly Grand Haven resident when she was sentenced Monday in Ottawa County Circuit Court.

Tiffany Monique Wilson said she never meant for the woman to be traumatized by the incident.

The 83-year-old victim moved into Robbinswood Living Center from another facility last year, according to the owner of the facility. 

Wilson was hired in July 2016. Staff at the senior citizen housing complex became suspicious of her actions and started watching her, the owner said. 

After the victim reported some items missing, police helped the owner of Robbinswood to install a camera and they caught the suspect stealing, he said.

Among the stolen items were a bracelet with a lot of sentimental value to the victim and the woman’s wedding ring, the Robbinswood owner said. It’s not the $2,700 value of the property, but more the emotional value and memories, he said.

Wilson denied taking all of the items reported missing, but did admit to those she took when caught on camera. Those items have been returned, said Wilson’s attorney, Craig Jenison.

On Monday, Wilson was ordered to serve 15 days in jail and then be on probation for one year after being convicted of a charge of larceny in a building. She also was ordered to pay $2,795 restitution, an amount that could be changed in a hearing, according to Judge Jon Hulsing.

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