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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Former Assisted Living Employee Sentenced to 12 Years for Stealing From Residents
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that Eugene Dorsey, 31 (d.o.b. 7/14/1986) of 4937 Grace Street, Chicago, has been sentenced to twelve years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for stealing items from the homes of residents of an Elmhurst senior living facility where he was once employed. On June 1, 2017, Dorsey entered a plea of guilty to eleven counts of Residential Burglary (Class 1 Felony) in front of Judge George Bakalis, who handed down today’s sentence.
On November 11, 2015, officers with the Elmhurst Police Department began an investigation into missing items, including jewelry, from a resident’s home in the independent living side of Park Place senior living facility. The facility is divided into an independent living side and an assisted living side. The investigation revealed that on several occasions between November 4 and November 25, 2015, Dorsey, a Nurse’s Assistant, entered at least eleven residents’ homes, all located on the independent living side of the facility, and stole items from the residents including rings, bracelets and necklaces. Dorsey then pawned the stolen items. Dorsey worked strictly on the assisted living side of the facility and should not have been present on the independent living side.
“Thinking only of himself, Mr. Dorsey stole thousands of dollars worth of valuables, many of which held significant sentimental value, from his victims,” Berlin said. “The fact that all of his victims are more than eighty years old and had placed a tremendous amount of trust in Mr. Dorsey, makes his crimes particularly appalling. As one of society’s most vulnerable populations, our seniors deserve our love and respect. They do not deserve to have their valuables stolen from them and pawned. I would like to thank the Elmhurst Police Department, particularly Detective Trisha Vascik for her outstanding police work in this case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Shanti Kulkarni for his efforts in holding Mr. Dorsey responsible for his actions.”
Dorsey will be required to serve 50% of his sentence before being eligible for parole.