An actor on the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” has been charged with stealing jewelry and valuables from elderly residents throughout Marin County, authorities said.
Bryan Box, a 23-year-old Vallejo resident, allegedly targeted former clients he once cared for as a home health-care aide. Box worked for caregiver agencies in Sausalito and Novato, police said.
The alleged crime spree occurred from approximately Sept. 22 to Nov. 7. In some cases, Box ostensibly dropped by their homes to discuss his new career on “13 Reasons Why” and offer small gifts or kind comments, the prosecution alleges. But later those residents would discover their homes had been burgled for valuables.
In one case, Box, learning that a former client was in an acute-care convalescent hospital, later placed a bogus call to the man’s wife to report he had died at the hospital, authorities allege. The distraught 72-year-old woman rushed to the hospital, where she was informed that her husband was alive and sleeping. Later, she discovered that jewelry was missing from her Tiburon home.
Box was arrested Dec. 29 at his family’s home on Trotter Drive in Vallejo. The Marin County District Attorney’s Office charged Box with nine felony counts including burglary, elder theft and possession of stolen property.
Bail was set at $250,000. He was released on a bail bond pending arraignment on Jan. 16 in Marin Superior Court.
Box could not be reached for comment Sunday on his cellphone.
The crimes reported so far include six cases in Mill Valley, Greenbrae, Tiburon and Novato, according to a prosecution affidavit by Deputy District Attorney Yvette Martinez-Shaw. The alleged victims are in their 70s, 80s and 90s.
The investigation included members of the Central Marin Police Authority, the Tiburon Police Department, the Mill Valley Police Department, the Novato Police Department and the Belvedere Police Department.
The investigators were able to build the case in part by comparing the burglary reports with Box’s cellphone records and the movements of his car, which was detected by the roadside police cameras in Tiburon.
The losses included gold, silver and diamond bracelets, watches, necklaces and rings. One burglary alone, on Del Casa Drive in Mill Valley, resulted in a loss of nearly $50,000 in valuables.
Other stolen property included medications, a laptop computer, a Social Security card, a surveillance camera and…