Nanny accused of stealing $2.6K from family
A Bristol nanny allegedly stole nearly $2,600 in cash from the family that employed her in Rehoboth.
Michelle O'Kane, 22, appeared in Taunton District Court Thursday, charged with larceny over $250.
“People would be concerned with this because she was a babysitter. So she had a position of trust,” said Sgt. Norman Todd of the Rehoboth Police.
The family said O’Kane admitted to the theft, pilfering the money from an upstairs drawer Tuesday at their home on Gorham Street.
She returned the money Wednesday, and was arrested soon after at the home by police.
“Apparently, she changed her mind, had a guilty conscience or what-have-you, and wanted to return the money,” said Todd.
Michelle Lampe, and her husband Aaron Morrison, told NBC 10 News that O'Kane was "great" with their 4-year-old daughter and that she passed a background check.
“We did tell (the DA) not to press charges, but unfortunately with the amount of the money, I think it was out of our hands,” said Lampe. "She made a mistake."
The family said they met O’Kane at a Swansea gym, and told police money was recently missing there, too.
However, Swansea police told NBC 10 that they have no reports of any larcenies at the business -- Prestige Fitness & Gymnastics Center -- and no record of O'Kane.
NBC 10 contacted Prestige Fitness, with co-owner Jennifer Flaxington disputing the claim, telling NBC 10 that Prestige Fitness recently installed cameras, but for a different reason.
O' Kane was ordered to stay away from the victims and is facing up to five years in state prison.
NBC 10 also attempted to contact her, but was unsuccessful.