Target: Keith Kaneshiro, Honolulu Prosecutor
Goal: Stop the increasing abuse of the elderly and harshly punish couple for allegedly targeting and stealing from senior citizens.
Two people were charged with credit card theft after allegedly scamming and robbing several senior citizens. Katy Sterio and Dino Costello have reportedly targeted several elderly people so far and prosecutors say additional victims continue to come forward. Investigators said that the two suspects even invited themselves into home of an elderly couple, offering them a free roof inspection. After the thieves were inside, the woman says she realized she was in danger and tried getting her husband’s attention.
The woman said it wasn’t until after the suspects left that she noticed her credit cards missing from her wallet. Sterio reportedly has a history of targeting senior citizens and was previously found guilty of felony theft after scamming tens of thousands of dollars from an elderly man by convincing him she needed it to pay medical bills.
These sick crimes against senior citizens have become rampant, according to the Elder Abuse Justice Unit, which says elder abuse crimes have increased by 300 percent in recent years. Sign the petition below to demand that more is done to stop these reprehensible crimes.
Dear Mr. Kanehiro,
A pair of thieves reportedly showed up at the home of an elderly couple claiming they were offering a free roof inspection, but instead stole their credit cards. The two suspects were found and investigators say there are more victims of this deplorable abuse of seniors. One suspect was found guilty of similar crimes just a few years ago.
After this new string of crimes was reported, the Elder Abuse Justice Unit stated that elder abuse crimes have increased 300 percent in recent years. This disgusting abuse of elderly people must be stopped immediately. We urge you to help see to it that elderly abuse crimes are dealt with more harshly, and that this couple receives the most severe punishment possible, if guilty.
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