Cleaning woman charged with stealing purse of elderly Westerly resident

Cleaning woman charged with stealing purse of elderly Westerly resident

Record-Journal
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WESTERLY — A woman who provided residential cleaning services to an elderly town resident is facing charges after police said she stole the elderly woman’s purse Friday on her way out of the house.

Merrick M. McAndrew, of 113 Oak St., Ashaway, was charged Saturday with larceny under $1,500. She was released on a promise to appear in Fourth Division District Court for arraignment on Jan. 27, according to court records.

The son of the victim, who is 92, contacted police Saturday after discovering that his mother’s purse had gone missing the previous day.

According to police, he and his mother searched the house before he reviewed a surveillance security camera that he had installed in the home. Images from the camera showed McAndrew grab the purse on her way out after cleaning the house the previous day.

The purse contained $200 in cash, multiple credit cards, identification and various personal effects.

Westerly Police Capt. Shawn Lacey said officers contacted McAndrew, who indicated that she had taken the purse and still had it in her possession. She told police she had dumped most of the contents at the Weekapaug Breachway and kept the purse, valued at approximately $150, for herself.

McAndrew turned herself in and relinquished the purse to police at that time, Lacey said.

For McAndrew, the arrest was her second in the past three months. She was arrested in November on a charge of issuing bad checks under $1,000 related to a case out of Hopkinton. She was released on a promise to appear in that case and pleaded not guilty in December, according to court records. No trial date has been set.

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com




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