On March 4, an employee of a The Dalles care facility was arrested and booked in the regional jail on charges of four first-degree aggravated theft, two counts of second-degree theft and two counts of third-degree theft.
Janet Kellogg, 57, was arrested by The Dalles Police after a lengthy investigation lead to an allegation she had been stealing money from residents over several years. City police forwarded reports and information to the Wasco County district attorney’s office to consider charges.
Deputy District Attorney Sally Carpenter told Judge Janet Stauffer during Kellog’s March 5 that $20,000 was missing from one reported victim’s account and Kellogg admitted to stealing $200 a week over the past two years.
Victims over age 65 constitute an aggravating factor in the case. Through the course of the investigation, detectives found that the residents had been missing about $30,000 over the past three years.
Because of the nature of these crimes and the victims, members of The Dalles Police Department take these investigations seriously and use all resources available to solve these types of crimes, a city police press release said. The Dalles Police have a good working relationship with the local care facilities.
Kellogg was released at arraignment. Stauffer said she found no probable cause to hold Kellogg.
Anyone with information on this or any other similar case is asked to call police at 541-296-2613.