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Woman accused of stealing from Westmeath residents

A Pembroke woman was charged today with multiple counts of stealing from residents' rooms at Westmeath.

Kylah Stowe, 39, denied three counts of burglary and one count each of trespassing, prowling and assault.

Prosecutor Cindy Clarke told Magistrates' Court that Ms Stowe entered the Pembroke rest home on four different occasions, stealing a total of $790 from residents' rooms.

Colin Curtis, woke to find a woman in his room on July 4, she said. The next day he found that $700 was missing from his wallet.

The South Terrace resident returned to Westmeath on July 28 and entered Ellen Tindale's room, leaving once she realised the resident was there.

She then went into Muriel Hooper's room, opened the closet and said, “I can see I have a lot of work to do here.”

She was ordered out of the room by Ms Hooper.

Ms Clarke told the court that on July 29, a nurse found Ms Stowe in another room at Westmeath, at which point she claimed she was visiting a resident. The resident said she did not know Ms Stowe, and $90 was later discovered missing from the room.

Ms Stowe was spotted at Westmeath once again on July 30. The resident was aware of the previous incidents and informed a nurse, who then called the police and Westmeath's owner, Christiana Kempe.

Ms Kempe arrived at Westmeath and threatened to call the police as Ms Stowe left the building. Ms Stowe ran away through a gap in the boundary hedges.

The defendant was recorded by CCTV while on the premises and her fingerprints were found on the front door, Ms Clarke said.

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner remanded Ms Stowe into custody and adjourned the case until September 3.

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Published August 26, 2013 at 3:30 pm (Updated August 26, 2013 at 3:30 pm)

Woman accused of stealing from Westmeath residents

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