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Two charged in theft of $40,000.

Byline: Craig S. Semon

WEBSTER - A briefcase with approximately $40,000 in cash was stolen from a resident of Oakwood Convalescent Home, allegedly by two local men, including one who worked at the convalescent home.

Santos L. Perez, 23, of 3 Negus St., Apt. 1R, and Scott B. Seraphin Jr., 24, of 69 Pond Court, are each charged with larceny from a building, larceny over $250 and conspiracy in the theft of the briefcase Saturday from a resident at the home, 11 Pontiac Ave.

They were arraigned yesterday in Dudley District Court, and a pretrial hearing was set for Aug. 26. Bail was set at $500 for Mr. Perez and $1,000 for Mr. Seraphin.

Mr. Perez worked at the home and was working there on Saturday. After he left Saturday, Mr. Perez failed to return to work and was subsequently terminated.

According to the report made by Detective Gordon D. Wentworth Jr., Mr. Perez told police he was aware the victim possessed a briefcase with money within his room at the convalescent home. Mr. Perez said he had photographed the briefcase and provided the picture to Mr. Seraphin, and the two men conspired to steal the briefcase about a week before the theft,

Mr. Perez told police he notified Mr. Seraphin with a text message when the victim left the room. Mr. Perez said Mr. Seraphin contacted him later in the day and told him he was successful in stealing the briefcase, the police report said.

Mr. Perez told police Mr. Seraphin told him about $3,000 was in the briefcase and he offered to give Mr. Perez $1,500. Mr. Perez said

he would only accept $100 because he'd had a fight with his girlfriend about it. Mr. Perez's girlfriend told police she was aware of Mr. Perez's involvement in the theft and that another person, Mr. Seraphin, was also involved, according to the police report.

Police performed a search, with consent, of the apartment Mr. Seraphin shared with his girlfriend and found thousands of dollars worth of goods and receipts for purchases made over the weekend, according to the police report. The girlfriend said she was aware Mr. Seraphin had stolen money over the weekend and she admitted to having spent a significant amount of money that Mr. Seraphin had provided to her. Many items bought using the stolen money were seized from the apartment, the police report said.

The police determined the money and property stolen from the convalescent home were worth about $40,100.
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Title Annotation:LOCAL NEWS
Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Jul 29, 2010
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