Caister man jailed for care home thefts

Anthony Carroll A 38-year-old man has been sentenced to four months in jail today after he admitted stealing from vulnerable adults at two Great Yarmouth residential homes.

Anthony Carroll

A 38-year-old man has been sentenced to four months in jail today after he admitted stealing from vulnerable adults at two Great Yarmouth residential homes.

Stephen Garnham, of Beach Road, Caister, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court after he previously pleaded guilty to four counts of theft.

Three of the thefts for �800, �875, and �700 were from vulnerable adults - two women and one man all with learning difficulties.


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The fourth count was for the theft of �250 in petty cash from one of the homes.

Garnham was employed as a team leader at the two homes and was in charge of the finances of all three victims at the time of the offences.

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Part of his role was to assist adults with varying degrees of learning difficulties to live in the community.

The offences took place between October 2008 and early September 2009.

After the hearing Det Con Gailen Parker of Norfolk Constabulary's adult abuse investigation unit, said: “Steve Garnham realised that this was a serious breach of the trust of three vulnerable adults who regarded him as a friend.

“I hope that the result today will emphasise to other potential offenders that officers from Norfolk Constabulary will react robustly to this type of crime.

“The company who runs the homes has co-operated fully throughout the police investigation, and provided evidence and information that has no doubt aided the investigation and its prompt conclusion.

“It has also ensured that the victims' have been reimbursed the amounts stolen.”

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