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Jun 18, 2015 1:37 PM

Nurse fined after police use purple powder to catch theft

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH — A local nursing home worker has been fined $1,000 in a police sting involving theft detection powder.

Andrea Bunch, 45 of Dover, was sentenced in the Portsmouth Circuit Court on Tuesday. Half of the fine was suspended, pending good behavior.

Authorities say Bunch was suspected in a series of thefts from patients at the Clipper Harbor nursing home, so they dusted marked currency with purple theft detection powder and placed it in a patient's room. The powder turns a person's skin purple on contact and deepens as it's washed.

Bunch was found guilty of a misdemeanor theft count.

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