Columbus woman pleads guilty to stealing from nursing home residents

(Delaware County Sheriff's Office)
(Delaware County Sheriff's Office)

DELAWARE, OH (WCMH)–- A Columbus woman pleaded guilty today to 46 different charges related to thefts from elderly residents at assisted living homes.

Susan Gwynne, 55, was originally charged with 101 different counts after residents at several nursing homes reported missing items from their homes.

Prosecutors said they have surveillance video, fingerprints and other evidence to prove that Susan Gwynne was posing as a health care worker to gain access to the residents room and steal their jewelry.

Detectives recovered more than 3,000 items when they executed a search warrant at Gwynne’s residence in March. The items included rings, watches, credit cards, cash and other valuables including some family keepsakes.

In June, Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien called Gwynne a “true menace.”

“The emotional harm that comes, the psychological harm that come from people stealing is tremendous, especially when you’re elderly and they take something that belonged to a loved one who is no longer here,” O’Brien said.

Gwynne pleaded guilty to 17 counts of burglary, 14 counts of theft and 15 counts of receiving stolen property.

Senior facilities affected include The Inn at Olentangy Trail, Abbington of Powell, Forum at Knightsbridge, Friendship Village of Dublin, Brookdale Trillium Crossing, National Church Residences, Sunrise of Dublin, Village at Westerville, Friendship Village of Columbus, Danbury at Parkside, Danbury of Columbus, Brookdale Senior Living, and Abbington of Arlington.

Gwynne will be sentenced on November 7.

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