A nurse providing in-home care allegedly stole more than $25,000 worth of items from a northern Harford County woman she was caring for and pawned them, according to court records.
Adaku Agwu, 31, of the 1800 block of Brookside Drive in Edgewood, is charged with nine counts of theft $1,000 to $10,000, six counts of theft less than $1,000, three counts of theft $10,000 to $100,000 and two counts each of theft less than $100, vandalism less than $1,000 and theft scheme $10,000 to $100,000, according to court records.
She was arrested at her home last Friday, taken to Harford County Detention Center and released on her own recognizance.
The victim, who lives in the 3200 block of Sandy Hook Road in Street, and her daughter called police Oct. 21 after the woman said her wedding ring and another ring were missing, according to court records. They suspected someone from the home nursing service hired to take care of the 81-year-old resident of the home, according to charging documents.
The victim’s daughter also found that two of her mother’s safes, valued at $400 and $100, had been broken and numerous collectible coins stolen, according to court records.
A Harford County Sheriff’s Office detective compared names of the nurses who had cared for the woman with names in the pawn database and found Agwu had sold numerous items to Starlite Gold and Pawn in Edgewood, according to charging documents.
The owner of the pawnshop provided the detective with the jewelry and a list of the collectible coins Agwu had pawned, all of which were identified by the victim’s daughter as belonging to her mother.
The value of the theft was $28,763, which was pawned to Starlite for $17,561, court records state.