A FORMER carer and her father have been convicted for taking advantage and stealing from elderly people. 

Gemma Smith, 21, of Eagle Road, Bishops Green, Hampshire, admitted two charges of theft by employee, after stealing £250 from the home of a 94-year-old woman. 

She took the money from the woman's home in Newbury on July 6 2017. 

She also stole a bank card from an 89-year-old male, when she took his wallet from his house in Kintbury. 

Her father, Robert Smith, 52, of Howarth Court, Newbury, proceeded to use the bank card, and fraudulently took £490 from ATM machines on June 29/30 2017. 

Smith's father also admitted one count of receiving stolen goods and three counts of fraud by false representation. 

Both are due to be sentenced at Reading Crown Court, having admitted the crime at Reading Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, February 7.

Investigating officer DC Andy Philpott, of Newbury police station, said: “Gemma Smith worked for a local care provider and was entrusted to enter the homes of vulnerable members of the community to provide care and help.

“Smith took advantage of this trust and stole from two of these people for whom she cared

“Her father, Robert Smith, then received a bank card stolen from one of these elderly victims and used the card to gain money for himself.

“These crimes are most concerning to the public and the convictions show that this behaviour will not be tolerated.”