This is the shocking moment when a caregiver was filmed stealing a bedridden patient after the victim's family prepared a hidden camera.
Claire Jones, 42, was seen by the camera looking at household items before putting them in a plastic bag.
Then, shamelessly, he wrapped his coat in the carrying bag to hide the stolen purchases.
Claire Jones (pictured) was captured by the camera stealing items for the home of an MS patient who was taking care of
Jones was taking care of her bed Anita Dubique-Ashton, 49, when she stole items from her home.
However, her ill-gotten gains lasted shortly after she was caught in the act by Steve Ashton, husband of Mrs. Dubique-Ashton, who planted cameras in her house.
Jones had no idea that she was being filmed in the hidden device and was arrested by the police.
He later pleaded guilty to three counts of theft, but narrowly avoided jail after he was sentenced to a suspended sentence in the Warrington Magistrates Court.
After pronouncing the sentence, Mr. Ashton said he presumed that his children had exchanged money, cash and groceries that disappeared in January of this year.
He said: "At first we were worried that one of our children had been stealing, which hurt.
The insensitive thief stole the change and the provisions of the house of Anita Dubique-Ashton, 49
Mr. Ashton decided to leave his laptop recording in the kitchen after realizing that only Jones had the opportunity
"But in a later review, I determined that for some of the thefts only Claire had the opportunity.
"I set up my laptop to register the area where my job board was located.
"By the way, I put two-pound coins in a plastic money bag and a five-pound note in my work bag pocket.
& # 39; I checked the laptop recording later that day: Claire was seen looking in all the pockets of my job bag,
"I had no reason to get in my bag, at first he left without taking anything and then return and take the bag with two pounds."
The father of two children, from Woolston, near Warrington, also surprised Jones by stealing groceries for a total value of £ 13 after snooping in the family kitchen.
Jones was caught stealing groceries for a total of £ 13 after snooping in the kitchen
The thief was sentenced to 26 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to pay £ 750
He said: "The camera showed that this was not a robbery when the opportunity arose.
"It was a predatory behavior in which the personal assistant checked the pockets and bags."
Jones was sentenced Tuesday to 26 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months.
You must also perform 250 hours of unpaid work and pay £ 750 in court costs, fines and compensation.
Hannah Houghton, defending, told a court that Jones was "disgusted with herself."
She said: "It was a silly and reckless decision and the profit for herself was minimal." She took £ 7 in cash and the goods totaled £ 13. & # 39;
But District Judge Bridget Knight harshly criticized Jones for taking advantage of the victim, who now fears trusting other caregivers.
She said: "This shows a woman who has spent much of her life taking care of the needy and the painful part of this case is that Mrs. Dubique-Ashton considered her a close friend.
"It's a very serious confidence gap."