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Fake caregiver arrested; allegedly stole elderly woman's ATM

February 13, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A man and a woman arrested in Murrieta are accused of taking advantage of an elderly woman. Investigators say the woman duped a 97-year-old victim into believing she was a caregiver.

Dianne Escarsega, 45, and her boyfriend, Brent Paul Longo, 31, are accused of preying on a 97-year-old woman who is legally blind.

"It's very angering to think that there's people out there that will prey on those in society such as children and elderly that sometimes can't defend themselves, it just really makes you very angry," said Murrieta Police Captain Dennis Vrooman.

Vrooman says it happened last month in a senior-living community in Murrieta. Police say Escarsega would pretend to be a caretaker from the hospital, and then distract the elderly victim while Longo ransacked her bedroom.

Police say when the female suspect tried to use the victim's ATM card to withdraw money, police got pictures of her, and using that information they say they were able to identify her and make an arrest.

Residents in the senior-living community where it allegedly happened say they're sickened.

The alleged victim lived in Murrieta. Police say the suspects actually lived in Menifee, near another senior community. That's why detectives are concerned that there might be other potential victims

"They may have used this same ruse with others in order to gain access to their house as well as steal property from inside," said Vrooman.

If you have information for Murrieta Police about the case or other potential victims, call (951) 461-6312.