Aug 31, 2008
Teddy catches greedy carer thief red-handed
A forensic science graduate caught a care assistant thieving
from her sick grandmother - with the help of a camera hidden
inside a teddy bear.
Emma Sampson, 21, set out to nab the thief after her grandmother,
75-year-old Thelma Sampson, noticed that money was missing
from her home in Walton, Liverpool, England.
The forensic science graduate cleverly put her science skills
to work and called in the help of teddy and a hidden camera.
Emma and her dad Robert devised the scheme after his mom
Thelma, who has end stage leukemia, noticed £40 had
gone missing from her purse.
When asked by her family was she sure about the missing
money, Thelma told them: "I may be dying but I know
how much money I had in my handbag."
The family decided to write down the serial numbers on three
£20 notes in the purse and buy a camera from a local
Since the camera lens was just like the eye of the teddy
bear in the house, Emma put the camera inside the cuddley
toy and the family waited.
Sure enough the plan worked and Thelma's carer Yvonne Allen,
28, of Halewood, Liverpool, was revealed on film to be the
thief. The footage was shown to the police and Allen was
The extraordinary role played
by private eye teddy was revealed when the greedy Allen
was hauled before the courts and jailed for six months on
two counts of theft.
75-year-old Mrs Sampson has since got a new care assistant.