RICHLAND TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A Richland Township man has been arrested and accused of stealing from his 75-year-old aunt in the last few months of her life. Police are calling it a classic case of elder abuse with a twist. Richland Township police said they’re not surprised by the case. They told 6 News the defendant is a man they’ve arrested several times before for theft. What does surprise them this time is what he almost got away with.
Robert Vasilinda is in the Cambria County Prison facing felony theft charges after investigators said he took advantage of his sick and elderly aunt, a woman he used to live with, and used his privileges as power of attorney to steal from her up until her death. Police said he even used her identity to purchase himself a $29, 000 truck. “He titled the vehicle, insured it, licensed it — the whole nine yards — and did so with that power of attorney,” said Detective Thomas Keirn of the Richland Township Police Department. Police said he did it all by forging her name without her ever being present. Read more »