A woman was arrested today for allegedly stealing from a 97-year-old Murrieta resident who was tricked into believing the suspect was a caregiver seeing to her needs.
Dianne Escarsega, 45, of Menifee was booked at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of burglary, elder abuse and theft, according to Murrieta police Lt. Tony Conrad.
The suspect allegedly showed up at the victim’s home at an unidentified retirement community on Jan. 24. She gained entry by posing as a Kaiser Permanente health manager, telling the senior that she was there to ensure her well-being, Conrad alleged.
“While inside the residence, conducting the mock house check, the suspect and an unknown male stole several credit cards, cash and a handgun,” Conrad said. “They left the residence and fled the scene in a black Dodge Charger.”
Investigators learned the suspects had used the victim’s bank ATM card and obtained a surveillance photograph of the female suspect, which was circulated on fliers throughout the local area, Conrad said.
Detectives received tips that Escarsega was the alleged female half of the duo, leading to the suspect’s arrest, according to the lieutenant.
He said the man involved in the burglary remains unidentified, and the stolen handgun has not been recovered.
Anyone with information about the case was urged to call Detective Jeff Ulrich at 951-461-6312.