Women charged with stealing from disabled friend
Published 2:35 pm, Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Two women were charged via warrant Monday with stealing more than $3,000 worth of items from a friend who has multiple sclerosis and dementia.
Ellen Thompson, 64, of Doreen Drive, and Mary Jane Polseno, 62, of Toni Place, Bridgeport, were both charged with third-degree burglary, second-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit second-degree larceny.
Thompson told police that the victim had suggested she take some items of sentimental value, according to the report. However, among the missing possessions were a flat-screen television, patio furniture, gift cards and jewelry, police said. Some of the items were returned, but police said $3,400 worth of items remain unaccounted for.
The victim's daughter lives in California and had the Probate Court appoint a conservator for her mother while she investigated moving her mother from her Jeniford Road apartment. Both women had known the victim many years, according to the report, although the daughter said they had not seen her mother much lately.
Police said Thompson used a key to enter the apartment.
Because the victim had a conservator, no property is allowed to leave the apartment, even if the victim had given her consent, police said. The daughter discovered the missing items when she came to Fairfield in preparation for moving her mother to California, which she subsequently has done.
Thompson was released on $50,000 bond, while Polseno's bond was set at $10,000. Both are scheduled to appear Sept. 25 in Bridgeport Superior Court.