Redwood City Police currently have an employee of the Woodside Terrace Senior Living Community in custody on suspicion of stealing valuables from several elderly residents.
On Monday, Oct. 8, the police department received a call from the senior community about a possible theft involving an employee.
When officers arrived on the scene at Woodside Terrace, 485 Woodside Road, they were told by staff members that an employee had been seen exiting an elderly resident's apartment and discarding some jewelry. The staff members advised the officers that the employee was not allowed inside the apartment, and therefore shouldn't have been in there.
A statement released by police Tuesday said, "The officer quickly determined [the suspect] had entered the apartment and stolen the jewelry."
The employee was identified as Luis Cebrero, 18, a resident of unincorporated San Mateo County.
Detectives were called in to investigate the matter.
The investigation determined Cebrero had been employed as a food service worker at Woodside Terrace since April. The detectives were also able to connect Cebrero to five other prior thefts at the complex.
Detectives searched Cebrero’s residence and located some of the property taken in the prior thefts.
Cebrero was booked into the San Mateo County Jail for burglary, as well as elder abuse, due to the age of the victims.
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