2 accused of stealing, using bank cards in separate cases

In one of two separate theft cases, a home health aide has been arrested on charges of allegedly stealing $13,000 from a client’s bank account, according to city police.

Ricki Sue Long, formerly of the 700 block of West Southern Avenue, South Williamsport, is alleged to have used Gail Stroble’s bank card illegally 42 times between late June and late August, police said.

Employed by Advocate Home Health, Long was hired by Stroble, of the 2000 block of Memorial Avenue, as a caretaker while the victim was recovering from “some physical issues,” police said.

Long, of 804 Sherman St., has been arraigned before District Judge James Carn on a felony charge of access device fraud and released on $15,000 bail.

Police said when a relative of Stroble’s confronted her about the missing funds, Long admitted to the theft.

In the other case, Old Lycoming Township police have charged Robin L. Shifflett, 38, of 514 Sixth Ave., with allegedly stealing another woman’s debit card and using it to purchase $47 worth of gasoline and $13 groceries.

While employed at Heller’s Market, 1941 Lycoming Creek Road, Shifflett is alleged to have picked up the woman’s debit card, which the victim apparently left on the store counter on or about Nov. 18, police said.

Shifflett, on state parole for theft, then used the card at a gas station on Dewey Avenue to buy gasoline for her Jeep and then drove to a convenience store in the city to buy groceries, police alleged.

Charged with identity theft, access device fraud and theft, Shifflett has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge James H. Sortman.