News Story


Thousand Oaks - Caretaker Arrested for Elder Abuse and Fraud
11/13/2013 9:00:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Arrest of Caretaker

Report Number:



Thousand Oaks, Ca

Date & Time:

11/12/2013  1445

Unit Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Police Investigations Unit


City of Residence



Maria Sanchez






On 11/12/2013, Maria Sanchez was arrested for stealing thousands of dollars in jewelry from an elderly couple who employed her as their caretaker.


During the month of September 2013, an elderly couple residing in the city of Thousand Oaks reported missing over $8000 in jewelry from their home. The victims had hired caretaker, Maria Sanchez, who was working for them at the time. Sanchez was interviewed but denied taking the property.


Other evidence eventually surfaced that showed Sanchez sold the victim's jewelry to a pawnshop in the San Fernando Valley. Further investigation revealed Mrs. Sanchez was linked to a theft from another elderly couple she had been hired to care for. The amount of that theft is believed to be in excess of $20,000 and the property was also sold to a pawnshop in the San Fernando Valley.


Sanchez was arrested on several felony counts of theft and booked into the Ventura County Jail. The investigation is on going and additional charges may be added.


Thousand Oaks Police investigators ask anyone who recognizes and has hired Mrs. Sanchez as a caretaker, and feels they have been victimized by her, to please contact Detective Jerin Widofsky at (805)494-8221.



Prepared by:

Sergeant Jason Robarts


Media Release Date:



Follow-Up Contact:

 Detective Jerin Widofsky  (805) 494-8221


Approved by:

Captain C. Rubright