Senior Living Home Employee Accused of Theft
COLUMBIA - Columbia police said Courtney Guest, a woman who works at The Neighborhoods by TigerPlace, an elderly living facility, stole debit cards from both a resident and a fellow employee.
Police arrested Guest Wed., Nov. 13 for felony fraudulent use of a credit device, fraudulent use of a credit device misdemeanor, and a felony stealing charge.
On Oct. 22, Guest was working at the facility at 3003 Falling Leaf Court. Police said Guest stole a debit card from a female resident's purse and used the debit card to purchase items totalling more than $500.
On Oct. 26, they said Guest stole a debit card from a fellow employee's purse. Police said Guest used the debit card, but did not spend more than $500.
Guest is being held on $9,500 in bonds.
KOMU 8 News called The Neighborhoods by TigerPlace and Executive Director David Gay gave us this statement:
"We have been cooperating with Columbia Police and are following all state procedures in reporting through health and human services. We will take appropriate action to assist in the investigation. We have a zero tolerance of theft at our facility. We have a very lengthy hiring process we go through. We check references, do a background check, and match candidates to the state's disqualification list for those who are ineligible to work. We do everything in our power to hire the right people."