Saturday, December 12, 2015

Substance-Abusing Ex-Housing Authority Executive Director Gets Two Years Probation After Using His Master Key To Break Into 90-Year Old Tenant's Apartment & Steal Her Vicodin; Defendant Had List Of All Residents' Medications; Bagged By Hidden Camera Planted By Victim's Suspicious Son

In Stoughton, Massachusetts, the Stoughton Journal reports:
  • Gregory Bartlett used a master key to enter the 90-year-old woman’s room without permission. While the victim was in a prayer meeting, Bartlett stole prescription medication from a bottle on her side table.

    Almost a year later, Bartlett, the former director of the town’s housing authority, pleaded guilty [] in Stoughton District Court to larceny and breaking and entering charges.

    Judge John Canavan sentenced Bartlett to two years probation, but he will serve six months in a house of corrections if he violates conditions of his release, including remaining alcohol and drug free. Bartlett, 58, of 16 Dean Road, Stoughton, was arrested by Stoughton police in early January after surveillance video caught him entering the tenant’s room and stealing almost 15 pills.

    He pleaded guilty [] to charges of felony breaking and entering into a building in the daytime, larceny from a building and larceny over $250 from a person older than 60 or disabled.
    Assistant District Attorney Peter Kelly read a victim impact statement for the family during the session.

    “Our 91-year-old mother is the sweetest mother, grandmother and great grandmother one can ask for,” the statement said. “The director of housing authority, the person who should have been the one who made sure that our mother, as well as other residents, were safe, was the one breaking in and stealing her prescription medication.”
For more, see Former Stoughton housing director admits stealing elderly woman's pills (Gregory Bartlett pleaded guilty to larceny and breaking and entering charges).

See also, Exec. director of Stoughton Housing Authority facing charges in connection with stealing meds:
  • [P]olice say Gregory Bartlett took them from a woman in her 90's who lived in one of the authority's units. As executive director, Bartlett had access to all apartments and also had a list of residents' medications.

    He was allegedly caught by the woman's son who became concerned after her mother's vicodin kept disappearing. "You don't take advantage of the elderly like that," her son said.

    Police say a released video shows Bartlett taking the pills from the woman's bedroom. The woman's son tells FOX25 he became suspicious when the number of pills in the bottle didn't add up, so he set up a hidden camera. Section 8

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