A Carbon County woman who stole from a resident of a county nursing home was given a probation sentence after pleading guilty in the county court.
Tonya Napolitano, 31, of Nesquehoning, pleaded guilty before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to one count of receiving stolen property, admitting she took two rings from an 80-year-old woman at the Maple Shade Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation facility in Nesquehoning.
Napolitano was an employee of the home at the time. Napolitano was scheduled to go on trial this week.
Napolitano took the woman's engagement ring and class ring, then pawned them in Lehighton for cash.
She told Nesquehoning police that she stole the rings because of "dire financial problems."
Nanovic told Napolitano, "People who need people to care for them don't need them stealing from them."
He said the rings were never recovered and the victim lost sentimental value that could never be replaced.
Napolitano also has a pending theft charge in Schuylkill County.
Nanovic said he seriously considered imposing a jail term, but said after learning the victim had received restitution from an insurance company for all but $100 of the value of the rings, he decided on a probation term.
Napolitano was placed on probation for two years and ordered to make total restitution of $1,327, with the first $100 being paid to the victim. The restitution must be paid in full in the first 12 months of the probation period.
She must also pay court costs, which average about $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation.