The former executive director of Village at Mariner’s Point, a senior citizen assisted-living facility in East Haven, is accused of stealing Oxycodone from a patient and police said she admitted to doing so.
A patient told police on June 19 that she suspected that someone kept going into her apartment while she was at her doctor’s appointments to steal from her, according to police.
She then went to her doctor with suspicions and followed the doctor’s recommendation to buy a hidden camera to try and catch the thief in the act.
While she was at a doctor’s appointment, she received a notification on her phone, alerting her to motion.
The video showed a woman in a pink patterned dress and police said the victim was able to identify the woman as 39-year-old Barbara Camillo, the executive director of Village at Mariner’s Point.
The video showed snapshots of Camillo rummaging through the victim’s personal things in what the resident believed was a search for keys to a locked toolbox where she keeps oxycodone is kept, according to a news release from police.
Police said another set of video snapshots showed Camillo standing over an unlocked toolbox with an orange pill bottle in her hand.
The victim told police that there was no lawful reason for Camillo to be in her apartment going through her medication box.
After a brief interview with police, Camillo admitted to entering the resident’s apartment to steal Oxycodone and she turned several stolen pills over to the investigating officer, according to police.
Camillo was charged with burglary in the third degree, larceny in the sixth degree and possession of a controlled substance.
She was released on a $2,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court in New Haven today.
The Village at Mariner’s Point released a statement Thursday afternoon.
“The Village at Mariner’s Point is committed to ensuring our residents’ trust, health and security and has zero tolerance for any manner of exploitation, including theft. The director is no longer employed by Mariner’s Point. We were particularly disheartened to learn that she is facing charges given that she had been a respected associate and community member in excellent standing for nearly two years. The Village at Mariner’s Point has a long-standing reputation as one of the area’s finest senior living communities, and we look forward to continuing to serve in accordance with the trust that has been placed in us,” the statement from the organization says.