MILAN — A Columbia County woman is accused of stealing jewelry and several thousand dollars from an ailing adult under her care in Dutchess County, police said.
Susan Niekrewicz, 50, of Elizaville, was charged by the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday with third-degree grand larceny, a class D felony, and first-degree endangering the welfare of an incompetent or disabled adult, a class E felony.
Niekrewicz was released under the supervision of probation following her arraignment in Milan Town Court, according to a statement from the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office.
The grand larceny charge requires that property value exceed $3,000, and is punishable by up to 7 years in prison under state law. The other felony charge carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison.
The investigation into Niekrewicz’s alleged conduct and another alleged theft is ongoing, according to police.
“In addition, she is under investigation in connection with more thefts from at least one other victim — an elderly person that she cares for in the Rhinebeck area — and further charges are pending in that case,” police said in a statement.
The thefts are alleged to have occurred throughout 2018, police said. Stolen property from both cases has been recovered.
Niekrewicz is related to one of the alleged victims, but her relationship to the other person has not to be determined, Capt. John Watterson of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office said.
Niekrewicz is not a certified nurse and is not affiliated with any agency or organization, Watterson said.
“None [of the alleged victims] are from Columbia County, that we are aware of right now,” Watterson said.
But police think there might be others.
Police are asking anyone with knowledge about the cases or knows if they or someone else might be a victim, to contact Det. Adam Harris at (845) 486-3852.
The Sheriff’s Office can also be contacted at (845) 486-3800, or by the tipline at (845) 605-2583 or email@example.com.
All information will be kept confidential, police said.
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