WASHINGTON — Police say a 72-year-old Washington woman fell prey to a slow-motion burglary in April and May while recovering from debilitating back surgery.

As she recuperated, police said, her certified nurses’ aide, Candy Sutay, and Sutay’s boyfriend, Bryan Gamelin, who police said had a heroin addiction, helped themselves to $71,000 of her things.

Sutay, 44, and Gamelin, 44, both of Naugatuck, appeared in state Superior Court in Litchfield on July 25, charged with two felonies each: first-degree larceny and first-degree conspiracy to commit larceny.

The two, while living with the nearly bedridden woman, stole silver cutlery and jewelery worth $71,000, according to police, and then made trips to pawn shops.

Police recovered some of the jewelry, made of silver, gold, diamond and pearl, from a Waterbury pawn shop, but the rest has yet to be found, documents said.

Sutay, who the woman had known for years, moved in with her soon after her surgery to help her with everyday tasks, documents said. Soon after, Sutay’s boyfriend Gamelin moved in, too.

Police said the Washington woman didn’t know the two were heroin addicts, documents said.

Sutay, who became a licensed CNA in February 2013, snorted eight bags of heroin a day, and Gamelin went through two bundles, police said Sutay told them.

To fund the habit, Gamelin would pilfer jewelry and silverware from the woman’s home, documents said. Then the couple, along with the woman’s dog, would make trips to several area pawn shops where Sutay would sell the items, police said.

Gamelin’s criminal record includes charges for narcotics possession, second-degree manslaughter and sixth-degree larceny, court documents said.

Gamelin and Sutay’s next court date is Aug. 9.

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