Family members stole a car in California to drive to Olympia, where they tried to take an elderly relative, court papers say.
An 18-year-old man from Santa Barbara, Calif., along with his aunt and uncle, all drove up to Olympia in a stolen Lexus on Monday to take an elderly family member from a local nursing home and drive her back to California, court papers state.
On Tuesday, the three were being held at the Thurston County Jail on suspicion of first-degree custodial interference and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Margaret Plato, 52, was being held with bail set at $5,000. Daniel Reyes, 18, and Rafael Reyes, 41, were each being held with bail set at $2,500.
According to court papers:
Staff at the Providence Mother Joseph Care Center, a nursing home, called police because the three put the elderly woman in the Lexus and drove away without permission.
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After police pulled over the Lexus, the elderly woman’s legal guardian, a daughter who lives in Olympia, was contacted. She said the California family members had been trying to take advantage of the elderly woman financially, court papers state.
The guardian added she had moved the elderly woman to Olympia, because the family members in California “were taking advantage of her finances and not taking care of her,” court papers state.
Olympia police ran the vehicle identification number on the Lexus, and it came back as having been stolen from a Los Angeles automobile dealership.
The elderly woman is considered “a vulnerable adult due to being in full dementia state.”