Two Richmond residents have been identified and one has been jailed in connection with a series of thefts from residents of assisted living facilities in Moraga and Orinda, police reported Friday.
The Moraga Police Department received reports of thefts and fraud from several elderly residents at Aegis Living in Moraga during late August, investigators said. A look into these incidents revealed that checks, credit cards and debit cards had been stolen from the private living spaces of elderly residents at the facility. The checks were cashed and credit and debit cards used at various locations throughout Contra Costa County, in Southern California and Nevada. Officers also worked with the Orinda police and discovered that a similar theft had occurred at the Orinda Senior Village in which an elderly resident was victimized.
Investigators located video surveillance that showed the suspects engaged in cashing checks and using the credit and debit cards. One of the suspects was a female who was
dressed in a nursing uniform. Witnesses described seeing the same female suspect inside the Aegis facility at the time of the thefts, although she is not an employee at the facility.
The suspects were subsequently identified as Antoinique Bryant, 29, of Richmond and Shawn Morris, 30, also of Richmond. A search of their residence was conducted and resulted in property and evidence being located. Morris was subsequently arrested.
The investigation was reviewed by the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s office, which filed 27 felony and misdemeanor charges against both Bryant and Morris. These charges included Elder Abuse, Burglary, Fraud and Identity Theft. Morris remains in-custody on these charges. Bryant has not been located and there is a $655,000 warrant outstanding for her arrest.
Moraga Police Chief Jon King said police are still looking into how the suspects gained access to the facilities in question.
“Neither are employed by Aegis or Orinda Senior Village, but the female suspect has worked in an Aegis facility in a different county in the past,” he said. “We don’t yet know how access was gained, but the investigation is ongoing.”
Orinda Police Chief Mark Nagel said: “I’m very pleased our joint efforts have identified the suspects and once again cameras have proven themselves extremely valuable to law enforcement.”
Anyone with information about these cases is asked to contact Moraga Police Detective Kevin Mooney at 925-888-7056.