ALBANY -- A man is scheduled to be sentenced March 21 after pleading guilty to receiving stolen property in a case involving an elderly Albany widow, according to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.

Gregory Russell Bammel, 60, was arrested on Solano Avenue around 7 a.m. Jan. 27 when he was found with various items spread out in front of a shop that was closed, according to Albany police Officer Michael Larrick.

Larrick said he searched Bammel after receiving his permission, and found a credit card belonging to an Albany resident.

"He claimed to work for her," Larrick said. "I took the credit card, talked to the lady, and she said he didn't have permission to have that."

The items spread out in front of the store were taken from the victim's house, according to Larrick.

Bammel pleaded guilty in Alameda Superior Court on Feb. 5 to one count of receiving stolen property. He was scheduled to be sentenced March 7, but a neighbor of the victim came to that hearing and testified that Bammel had also stolen money from the woman. The sentencing was continued to 8:30 a.m. March 21.

Larrick said Bammel has prior arrests, but he didn't know whether any of them occurred in Albany.

The Alameda County District Attorney's Office could not identify the items stolen. However, according to the neighbor, the items included antique model trains, ammunition and her wallet. The neighbor said the accused took $700 out of an ATM.

The Journal does not identify victims of certain crimes, including elder abuse.

"It was a good case," Larrick said. "It's kind of gratifying when you help the elderly or children."

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