A 39-year-old caregiver is under investigation on suspicion of stealing property from seniors in Riverside and Corona, and police Wednesday said there may be additional victims and asked anyone with information to come forward.
Olga Romero of San Jacinto was identified last month as the alleged perpetrator in thefts committed while she worked as an independent caregiver and as an on-call caregiver for a company in Corona, according to Riverside police Officer Ryan Railsback.
He said the Riverside case centered on a woman in her 80s, who discovered several hundreds dollars’ worth of jewelry taken from her house in the area of Magnolia and Central avenues, where Romero had worked.
A search warrant was served at Romero’s residence in the 1700 block of Faulkner Avenue in San Jacinto, where “stolen jewelry belonging to the elderly victim” was seized, according to the police spokesman.
In addition to the Riverside senior’s property, Railsback said detectives located valuables allegedly taken from other homes where the suspect was assigned to work while on retainer with a Corona-based elder care agency, which was not identified by police.
She also had clients of her own, through her private service, “Olga’s Sunshine,” serving Riverside and Orange counties, Railsback said.
The total value of the alleged stolen goods was not disclosed.
Romero was arrested on May 6 and released on her own recognizance.
Police have sought burglary and elder abuse charges against the suspect, but according to Riverside County District Attorney’s Office spokesman John Hall, prosecutors are still reviewing the evidence, and no filing decision has been made yet.
In the meantime, detectives are asking anyone who might have used Romero’s services and suspect they may have been victimized to contact them at 951-353-7955, or rpdtips@RiversideCA.gov.