PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A 36-year-old man who told officers that he was a “drug addict” admitted he stole more than $7,000 from his 95-year-old grandmother, court documents state.
Kelly Stewart Taylor appeared in Multnomah County Circuit Court Friday to be arraigned on 33 counts that include first-degree criminal mistreatment and identity theft.
According to a probable cause affidavit, police first learned about the reported theft in November 2013. Another caretaker found several non-sufficient-funds notices from the victim’s bank, and believed Taylor was likely stealing from the victim.
Police checked bank records between December 2010 and November 2012 and learned that on an average month expenditures were around $1,700-1,800 a month, court documents state. During a five month period, police learned expenditures were more than $2,000 a month, police said.
When police interviewed Taylor, he reportedly admitted that he was a caretaker for his grandmother and “bit off more than he could crew,” court documents state.
He said that “I’m a drug addict, I’m a meth head,” court documents state.
A court appointed attorney entered a not guilty plea on Taylor’s behalf Friday. His next court date is scheduled for June 16 for a preliminary hearing.