A Masury woman has been charged with felony theft for allegedly stealing $3,500 from an elderly couple she had been living with.
Kayla Taylor, 28, of 7877 First St., did not enter a plea at arraignment and faces a preliminary hearing July 29.
She also was charged with misdemeanor obstructing official business and has pleaded not guilty.
Brookfield police said a 76-year-old woman reported that there were unknown charges on her bank account dating back to April 8. The victim and her husband, who is 81, possibly have dementia, police said.
The couple’s daughter, who lives in Texas, came to Masury to help them out and learned that Taylor had added her own name to the victims’ bank account on May 28, and was issued a debit card to draw money from the account, police said.
Taylor used money from the victims’ account to buy vehicle parts and pay for a vehicle rental, police said. She also did not pay bills owed by the victims that she claimed to have paid, police said.
Taylor gave police incorrect information as to the reporting of the charges to the bank, police said.
Taylor, 29, pleaded guilty Feb. 24, 2022, to charges of theft from a person in a protected class, obstruction and two counts of forgery. Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Ronald Rice sentenced her March 31 to 5 years’ probation.