- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
A Lexington Park woman was arrested last week on a theft charge filed by Maryland State Police investigating the alleged taking of money and a credit card from an 82-year-old man’s wallet at the St. Mary’s Nursing Center in Leonardtown.
The nursing center’s administrator said that the suspect has been fired from her job at the facility.
Debbie M. Baker, 40, was charged with stealing George Haliscak’s credit card on May 15 and using it to make a purchase, identified in court papers as gasoline and other items bought that day at a Sheetz store in Great Mills. Court papers state that Haliscak’s son told police that $66 also was missing from his father’s wallet, which was stored in a locked drawer in his room.
Baker said Friday that she will be contesting the charges against her in court.
“Of course I am,” she said, referring all further questions on the matter to a lawyer. She was released on personal recognizance following her arrest.
Surveillance video from the convenience store showed a woman wearing nursing scrubs and an identification card also buying cigarettes and phone cards, putting a charge on the credit card of $132, according to a statement of probable cause filed by state police Trooper Sarah Morton. A car similar to one seen in the video later was seen parked outside the nursing center, and court papers state the law officer learned that the suspect had access on May 15 to Haliscak’s room. Baker was questioned last week and “openly admitted to using the credit card,” the trooper wrote in the charging document.
Annette Hodges, the nursing center’s administrator, said last week that Baker “has been terminated” from her job, and that background checks are done on prospective employees. Hodges said incidents of theft are “a rare occurrence” at the care facility.