A home health care aide from Mastic was arrested Monday and charged with stealing a $7,000 Rolex watch from an elderly patient and replacing it with a fake, Suffolk police said.

Joanne Pinder, 22, of 29 Titmus Dr., was charged with fifth degree grand larceny.

The victim, an 86-year-old Bellport man, noticed that his valuable watch had been replaced by a similar but less valuable watch, and notified authorities, police said.

The watch was stolen from him on April 12, police said.

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Fifth Precinct officers and detectives involved in the investigation arrested Pinder and recovered the watch, police said.

Pinder, who was also charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, was to be arraigned on the charges Tuesday in First District Court, Central Islip.