“We're really disheartened that this would happen to one of our residents,” said Carly Ridgeway, area operations manager for Copper Lake Estates and two retirement communities in Texas.
Lases had been suspended without pay since police began investigating the theft, Ridgeway said, adding that the incident was isolated.
“It's been a shock for all of us,” she said.
Several Copper Lake employees, including Ridgeway, were interviewed by police, and identified Lases as the person seen in a pharmacy video using the victim's credit card to make two purchases on Sept. 12, according to the affidavit.
Lases denied stealing from the patient, and told detectives “I would never do something like that,” and “I don't remember.” She did, however, identify herself when detectives showed her a still photo from the video.
Lases is not in custody. She could not be reached for comment.