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Bennington woman accused of stealing from elderly people

September 11, 2018 06:37 PM

PITTSTOWN -- A husband and wife, who are in their eighties, met Katherine Disorda through friends of friends.

Their family says they treated her like a grand-daughter. 

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But police say she was stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from them over at least the past year and a half. 

The couple's daughter, Melissa Brundige, says someone first alerted her son, sharing concerns about Katherine Disorda. 

"I notified my parents," she said.  "I went over there and started looking around the house and my mom said I had money come up missing, but I thought I misplaced it.  So I looked in her jewelry box and I'm like.. none of your jewelry is in here, mom."

20-year-old Katherine Disorda of Bennington is facing a felony charge of grand larceny in New York. 

She was helping a couple in Pittstown with errands and getting to appointments.

"My parents are elderly," said Brundige.  "They were good to this girl.  They treated her like family."

But police say Disorda stole some $40,000 worth of family jewelry.  The couple's daughter says it's priceless to them. 

"Her mother's ring with all the birthstones in it.  Her engagement ring," said Brundige.  "Everything my dad ever gave her.  Everything my brothers gave her.  Everything I gave her."

They are devastated.

Disorda was arrested by New York State Police last week.  She was then arrested by Bennington police the next day.
 
She's facing charges of felony possession of stolen property, felony possession of regulated drugs, and financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult in Vermont. 

Brundige doesn't want anyone else to fall victim. 

"I'm very mad," she said.  "This is why I'm doing this interview.  I don't want to see her do it to anybody else.  It was bad enough it happened to my mom and dad."

Almost all of the jewelry is gone for good now.  Brundige says it was sold and melted down. 

Brundige said her beloved father suffered a stroke, right after she broke it to him that their trusted helper was accused of stealing. 
 

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