2017-08-11 / Police

Caretaker stole from elderly, police say

By Becca Whitnall


Orozco Orozco A caretaker at a Thousand Oaks assisted living home has been accused of stealing jewelry and cash from the facility’s elderly residents.

Jose Manuel Orozco, 21, worked at Sunrise Senior Living on Townsgate Road in the Westlake portion of T.O.

In a statement issued July 28, the Thousand Oaks Police Department said it identified Orozco as the person responsible for the crimes following a three-week investigation that was triggered by reports from Sunrise residents who noticed their valuables missing.

Law enforcement was able to trace one of the stolen items back to Orozco, TOPD Detective Tim Lohman said.

“During the theft he took a gift card, and he was tracked down by using the card,” Lohman said.

Though gift cards don’t have names, they do have serial numbers that can be tracked if the owner writes them down, the detective said.

In a July 27 search of Orozco’s Simi Valley home, detectives found some of the victims’ other stolen property, police said.


RETIREMENT HOME—An investigation into claims made by residents of Sunrise Senior Living Westlake Village ultimately led to the arrest of an employee for theft and elder abuse. 
RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers RETIREMENT HOME—An investigation into claims made by residents of Sunrise Senior Living Westlake Village ultimately led to the arrest of an employee for theft and elder abuse. RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers The victims ranged in age from 78 to 98.

As a caretaker, Orozco had unrestricted access to the entire facility, according to a police report.

Orozco was booked on multiple charges, including residential burglary (four counts), elder abuse (three counts) and elder abuse by a caretaker. He has been released and is due in court Aug. 11 for an arraignment.

Sunrise operates over 300 assisted-living facilities throughout the United States, Canada and England.

In a statement provided to the Acorn from Sunrise’s corporate office, the company thanked local authorities and said it remains committed to providing its residents with the best possible home.

“We immediately notified the police and cooperated closely during their investigation, in addition to launching an internal review,” the statement said. “Protecting residents’ security is our top priority, and we conduct background checks on team members prior to employment.”

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