Nursing home aide accused of stealing; Victim reported money was missing on several occasions

Published 10:52 am Friday, August 14, 2015

A Cedars of Austin nursing aide is accused of stealing from one of the residents.

Jennifer Brekke, 35, of Austin pleaded not guilty Thursday to second-degree burglary and theft charges.

According to a court complaint, the victim reported money missing from her purse to police on Aug. 2. The victim had been missing money on several occasions and suspected one of the nursing home employees was stealing from her.

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The victim had set up a motion-sensor camera and allegedly caught Brekke on camera stealing about $53 from her purse while the victim was out to lunch.

Police interviewed Brekke, who admitted she was on camera taking the money but said she had taken it at the victim’s request so the victim could go shopping. Brekke allegedly told police she gave the money to the victim.

Brekke’s next court appearance is in October.