Shiane Daima Jacocks
On June 1, Loma Linda Deputy, J. Deen, investigated a burglary report at a senior living facility. Thomas Harrison, unidentified at the time, allegedly entered the property and stole several items from those living at the location. Leads in the case resulted in an investigation that lasted three days.
On Friday, June 9, new evidence was discovered that Harrison had attempted to cash forged checks he purportedly stole from multiple rooms at the Loma Linda senior facility. Deputy B. Ortiz located and arrested Harrison. He was booked into the Central Detention Center for check fraud.
On Saturday, June 10, Harrison was released from jail on his own recognizance. Later that day, the senior living facility reported a male subject on the grounds stealing credit cards and jewelry.
On Sunday, June 11, Harrison was located near Redlands Boulevard and Taft Street with credit cards, jewels and coins belonging to other people in his possession. Deputy B. Ortiz determined Harrison had burglarized the facility again after his release.
Subsequently, Harrison was re-arrested, sent back to the Central Detention Center, and charged with burglary, possession of stolen property, elder abuse, and committing a crime on recognizance.
Elder abuse can manifest in many ways. According to the National Council on Aging, “Elder abuse includes physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation, neglect, and abandonment. Perpetrators include children, other family members, and spouses—as well as staff at nursing homes, assisted living, and other facilities.”
Nearly one in ten Americans over the age of 65 have experienced some form of elder abuse. According to reports, as many as five million seniors are abused each year. Sadly, it is estimated only one in fourteen cases of abuse are ever reported to authorities.
Investigations like this can help bring attention to elder abuse. If anyone has information related to this crime, please contact investigators at (909) 387-3545. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or leave information on the website at www.wetip.com.