Saturday, March 16, 2013

Home healthcare worker Peter Weinstein pawns patient's jewelry to pay traffic fines

New Port Richey, Florida -- A caregiver was arrested Wednesday after police say he tried to pawn a $1,000 necklace that was recently reported stolen.
Pasco deputies say 29-year-old Peter Weinstein was caught pawning a gold necklace for $135 at the Silver Dollar Pawn Shop that was reported stolen. 
After the woman identified the jewelry as hers, detectives interviewed Weinstein who had provided a ID and thumbprint on the pawn shop form identifying himself as the rightful owner. Detectives also knew Weinstein had access to the woman's home because he worked as her home caregiver.

During the interview, Weinstein reportedly admitted he stole the woman's jewelry items and pawned them for money which he used to pay traffic fines.
Weinstein also stated in his arrest report that he worked for Right at Home Health Care in west Pasco. However, owner of Right at Home, Paul Lallanilla states that he was not working for his agency when he committed. He had previously worked there in the past, but was working independently at the time of the crime. Lallanilla also adds that his company, which is licensed by the state, would have supervised, bonded, and background checked Weinstein.
Weinstein has been charged with dealing in stolen property.

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