The City of Canandaigua Police Chief listed ways on how to protect elderly in the care of home health works after a Stanley woman, who was working as an aide was charged with grand larceny.

CANANDAIGUA — After a woman was charged with stealing $12K from two patients in her care, the City of Canandaigua Police Chief Stephen Hedworth issued some tips for you to protect your loved ones.

On Friday, Tasha Knaak, 27, was arrested for third degree grand larceny after allegedly stealing 20 checks and cashing them at a local bank totaling over $12,000.

Hedworth says both of Knaak's patients were elderly.

Police statement:

“A safety reminder that whenever you have anyone working in your house whether it be home health aides, cleaning services, contractors etc, you should always keep valuables, cash, checkbooks, personal papers with personal information, credit cards, purses, wallets etc., locked up or someplace where they are not easily accessible,” stated City of Canandaigua Police Chief Stephen Hedworth.

“Making sure that anyone who works in your home or does personal errands for you is properly vetted is extremely important. Checking work history, reference checks, research complaint history of businesses and companies that provide contract services and properly supervising anyone working in or around your home or business is essential in protecting yourself from being taken advantage of or becoming a victim of a crime.”

Hedworth further advises the importance of taking an active role in the care an adult child or loved one who is a member of the senior citizen community to deter any criminal acts.