Home health aide pleads guilty to theft from elderly

A former Eagan home health aide admitted in court this week to stealing prescription drugs from an elderly client.

Catrina Deloris Elwell, 26, pleaded guilty in Dakota County District Court on Jan. 8 to second-degree burglary and theft, both felonies.

According to the criminal complaint, the Burnsville resident took about 179 Oxycodone pills from a woman she cared for at a senior living facility in Eagan.

Although Elwell was responsible for assisting the woman in daily tasks, she was not permitted to handle the woman’s medications.

A camera set up by the woman’s daughter allegedly caught Elwell taking the pills.

Elwell was charged in August. She is no longer employed at the senior living facility.

A sentencing hearing for Elwell is set for March 5 in Hastings. Elwell could face up to 10 years in prison for each count.